'Bully Debt Collector' Headed to Prison on Gun Charge

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2010 at 1:50 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2010 at 1:50 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Tobias Boyland was arrested last June for running a debt collection agency that threatened people in an attempt to collect payments.

Thursday, Boyland was sentenced to prison on a separate gun possession charge that landed him 15 years behind bars.

Boyland received the maximum sentence allowed by law for the gun charge which came about after authorities found several weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, stemming from his arrest for running an illegal debt collection agency.

Boyland's attorney pleaded for mercy at the sentencing Thursday, calling his client a dedicated father and a good citizen, however the judge handed down the maximum sentence to, "send a message to other felons."

Boyland, who was convicted for armed robbery in 1992, would have only faced 3 years had he not been a convicted felon.