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Former councilman faces prison, fine

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A former Blanding City Council member faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of dozens of firearms.

Randee Lee Bayles, 49, Monticello, is charged with violating the Violence Against Women Act, according to documents released by U.S. District Court. Bayles is accused of possessing these firearms while under a protective order from his ex-wife that began Aug. 10, 1999, court documents state.

Court documents say Bayles was approached by an undercover agent who worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Bayles admitted to the agent to owning approximately 100 rifles and between 75 to 80 hand-guns.