Target practice nets 8-time felon 8 years in prison

SEATTLE -- A 38-year-old Belfair man's jaunt into the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest for a little target practice ended up costing him eight years in prison thanks to his status as an oft-convicted felon.

John Parks was sentenced to the prison time, as well as three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm Thursday in U.S. District Court.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Forest Service personnel heard multiple shots coming from the national forest on March 30, 2013. Upon investigating, they found a group of men armed with eight firearms, including four assault rifles, doing some target shooting.

As a felon, Parks is not allowed to possess firearms. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he bought at least one of the assault rifles over the Internet using a fake identity.

Parks was convicted in October, with the judge noting the case as an example of how easy it is for people to buy guns on the street and online.

Parks' prior felony convictions are mostly for drug possession, drug manufacturing and drug distribution.