A 19-year-old man was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison for stealing a pair of semi-automatic guns from a Billings pawn shop last year.

Austin Lee Lamb, 19, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings by Judge Susan Watters, after pleading guilty to one count each of theft from a federally licensed firearms dealer and possession of stolen firearms.

Lamb was also sentenced to one to three years of supervised release. There was no plea agreement in the case.

On April 13, 2017, Billings police responded to a security alarm set off at 3:30 a.m. at Northwest Pawn & Gun, on the 1700 block of Central Avenue, according to court documents.

A person subsequently reported to police that two individuals, one of whom had a gun, had been seen running near the intersection of 15th Street West and Miles Avenue.

In a nearby alley, police detained a juvenile, who told them that he, along with Lamb and another juvenile, had broken into the pawn shop and stolen a pair of guns, court documents state.

Lamb turned himself in at the request of his probation officer, after throwing one of the firearms into a dumpster behind Angry Hanks on his way to the probation office, court documents state.

Watters ordered Lamb to pay $650 in restitution for a gun case that was damaged during the robbery. He was also ordered to attend mental health counseling and drug treatment as part of his sentence.

Lamb remained in custody at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility after his sentencing.

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General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.