TAMPA — An ex-con tattoo shop owner will spend the next eight years in prison for amassing a stockpile of weapons, a federal judge decided Tuesday.
Jason Deon Thomas, 32, of St. Petersburg told authorities who raided his home in February that he was preparing for the end of the world, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Earlier this year, someone tipped off authorities about Thomas, whom police said owned JT's the Perfect Tattoo Shop at 3001 34th St. N. Records show he has previous convictions for dealing and selling drugs.
Officials confiscated 29 firearms, including a machine gun, six assault rifles, five shotguns and 17 handguns from his home. They also found more than $7,000 in cash, and marijuana, cocaine and prescription pills.
Thomas pleaded guilty in March to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.