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But that is just my opinion. Shouldn't do a day in jail, but that is just me.

A 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.
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He was well aware of his decision before he took the action and knew the ramifications if he got caught. Time for him to pay the price for bragging and making bad decisions.


I say this as a retired US Navy vet.
 

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Yeah not to mention the Nazi thing....thou they probably tried to make him sound more dangerous.
 

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Had this story ended with him being prosecuted for simply having the weapon I would agree with you, however it seems this guy had a lot more going on besides souvenir collecting.

And yes I did my time

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The guy is a thief and was dopey enough to brag about it. He's getting what he deserves. Hopefully, it's not a case of government/military making a decent guy look like a dirtbag, but in this case, I doubt it. I served in the Army 1987-2005, never stole even a round of ammo, a pencil, an MRE... no reason to. the military is the last place (after government) we need dishonest scumbags.
 

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PeacefulWarrior said:
The guy is a thief and was dopey enough to brag about it. He's getting what he deserves. Hopefully, it's not a case of government/military making a decent guy look like a dirtbag, but in this case, I doubt it. I served in the Army 1987-2005, never stole even a round of ammo, a pencil, an MRE... no reason to. the military is the last place (after government) we need dishonest scumbags.
If this was facebook I would " like this"
 

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henerey said:
If this was facebook I would " like this"
LOL, on occasion I want to 'like' something here as well. It's actually nicer to express yourself over just hitting a button, though. Keeps us more social & human.
 

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Very true I don't see the point when it comes to stealing from our military that is every soldiers, airmans, sailors marines bread and butter why bite the hand that feeds
 

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PeacefulWarrior said:
LOL, on occasion I want to 'like' something here as well. It's actually nicer to express yourself over just hitting a button, though. Keeps us more social & human.
I agree with the notion of expressing ones self in words when something good or of note is posted.

However, if you are using a web browser to view the forum, there is a Like this Post option at the bottom of each post.

I am not sure if it is available in the mobile apps.
 

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PeacefulWarrior said:
The guy is a thief and was dopey enough to brag about it. He's getting what he deserves. Hopefully, it's not a case of government/military making a decent guy look like a dirtbag, but in this case, I doubt it. I served in the Army 1987-2005, never stole even a round of ammo, a pencil, an MRE... no reason to. the military is the last place (after government) we need dishonest scumbags.
Agreed and well stated.
 

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G-23 said:
He was well aware of his decision before he took the action and knew the ramifications if he got caught. Time for him to pay the price for bragging and making bad decisions.

I say this as a retired US Navy vet.
I agree 100% and from the same place...
 
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