A Cloquet man who was staying out a stay of execution from a 2011 drug charge has been sentenced to prison for possessing and stealing firearms.  Riley Robert Rinas was ordered to serve 45 and 27 months in prison, with concurrent terms for the two felonies.  Rinas was also fined $135 for an unrelated petty misdemeanor drug charge.

According to police accounts, officers went to Rinas residence on September 13, 2012 after learning that the suspect was in possession of a firearm.  A Carlton County probation officer had seen the suspect coming out of a pawn store with the weapon.  Further investigation revealed that Rinas had cut open a gun safe owned by his brother and had stolen the firearm from his brother.

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Source material gathered from the Cloquet Police Department and Cloquet Pine Journal.