Career criminal sentenced on federal gun charge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A man described by prosecutors as a career criminal who’s already serving time in Massachusetts has received a 10-year sentence on a Rhode Island gun charge.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 35-year-old Damien Gouse was sentenced Tuesday. A jury convicted him in December of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities say two Providence police officers conducted a routine traffic stop in November 2007 after seeing Gouse’s vehicle make two turns with no turn signal. They say Gouse reached across the center console toward the passenger-side floor attempting to conceal an item. Police seized a .22 caliber handgun from the floor.

Gouse is already serving a lengthy sentence on felony assault charges.

Prosecutors say he had been arrested previously nearly 50 times on a total of 99 charges.

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