But that is just my opinion. Shouldn't do a day in jail, but that is just me.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1zffjujaAA federal jury has convicted a former United States Marine of possessing a fully automatic, chrome-plated AK-47 that may have once belonged to a member of Saddam Hussein’s royal guard.
Joel Cleve Miller, 40, of Twentynine Palms, California, was found guilty last week following a four day trial.
The 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps bragged to friends that he smuggled the gun into the country. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
‘This case sends a strong message that we will continue to investigate those who illegally possess and distribute dangerous weapons such as machine guns,’ Naval Criminal Investigative Service Acting Supervisory Special Agent Albert Nelson said in a statement Tuesday.
‘We will continue our efforts to remove these weapons from the streets where they put innocent lives at risk.’
The Department of Justice said that the AK-47 was smuggled into the country from Iraq and was discovered as part of a larger investigation into the sale and distribution of automatic weapons in the US.
Miller, who returned to the United States from a 14-month tour of duty in Iraq in 2005, showed several people the chrome-plated machine gun, telling them it once belonged to a member of Saddam Hussein’s royal guard.
United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips will sentence Miller on September 27.
The Omaha, Georgia-born Miller served in the Marine Corps for more than 20 years, reaching the rank of staff sergeant.
He was dishonorably discharged in December of 2011 for approving false travel claims and stealing from the United States government.
According to an Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms document, he helped found the Phantom Fury Motorcycle Club, which had close ties to the Hells Angels.
The club, a veteran’s riding club, was named after the Second Battle of Fallujah, a joint U.S., Iraqi, and British offensive in November and December 2004.
The U.S. military called the battle ‘some of the heaviest urban combat U.S. Marines have been involved in since the Battle of Huế City in Vietnam in 1968.’
On his Facebook page, Miller lists the Latin adage ‘SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLVM,’ which translates to ‘If you want peace, prepare for war,’ as his favorite quote.
He also may have been part of the controversial scout sniper unit that posed in front of a Nazi SS flag. His Facebook cover photo is features the very snapshot that ignited a national controversy.
Former Marines were outraged by the picture and called for a full investigation, but military officials insisted they already probed into the photo and confirmed it was not racially-motivated.