Manatee man charged with owning illegal shotgun

December 19, 2012 

MANATEE -- A 45-year-old man was arrested on a charge of owning an illegal shotgun deputies found last week, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies found the weapon on Dec. 13 on the ground outside where they had arrested a domestic battery suspect. The pistol-grip .12-gauge Mossberg pump action shotgun had a barrel that had been sawed off below the legal 18 inches, according to a news release.

Investigators determined the gun belonged to Paul Jaworowski. A warrant was obtained and Jaworowski was arrested Tuesday, according to the sheriff's office.

Jaworowski was charged with possession of a short-barrel shotgun, and released from the Manatee County jail after he posted a $1,000 bond.

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