BURLINGTON — Federal prosecutors say a Vermont man is going to prison for eight years for his conviction on charges stemming from the theft of 12 handguns from a Barre gun store that were later traded for drugs in Connecticut.

Court records say Sean McKinnon used a pry bar to forcibly enter R&L Archery where he stole the .22 caliber handguns.

Prosecutors say he then drove to Hartford, Connecticut where he traded the handguns to a drug dealer for heroin and cocaine.

Two days later state and federal law enforcement officers searched McKinnon's Montpelier apartment, where they recovered approximately 45 bags of heroin and other items.

Police say one of the stolen handguns has been recovered.

McKinnon's attorney did not return a call seeking comment.