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Former CA Marine guilty of having AK-47 from Iraq

Posted: July 3, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 2012 6:00 p.m.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury in Southern California has convicted a former U.S. Marine for possessing a chrome-plated AK-47 that may have once belonged to a member of Saddam Hussein's royal guard.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Chiu said in a statement Tuesday that 40-year-old Joel Cleve Miller of Twentynine Palms was found guilty of illegally possessing a machine gun Friday.

Chiu says it is illegal to possess a machine gun in the U.S. Miller was not convicted of transporting the weapon from Iraq.

Weapons experts determined the gun was from Iraq, Afghanistan or Pakistan because of its markings.

Miller was initially accused of possessing and selling another machine gun but was acquitted on those charges.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and is due for sentencing Sept. 27.


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