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National Guardsman sentenced for role in theft, sale of machine guns

Published: Friday, Mar. 21, 2014 - 4:31 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014 - 12:05 am

A second member of the California National Guard has been sentenced to prison for his role in the theft and sale of machine guns.

Stephen Gooden, 40, of Stockton was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine for possessing a machine gun, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, Gooden and Luis Castro, 28, of Sacramento, were members of the California National Guard and stole two M-4 machine guns from the National Guard’s armory in Lodi. Gooden then sold the machine guns to non-authorized individuals in Stockton. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recovered the machine guns in an undercover operation.

Castro was sentenced in February to 20 months in prison.

The case resulted from an investigation by the ATF and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command.

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