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Man sentenced for machine gun possession

December 6th, 2012 - 7:26am

(Port Angeles) -- A Sequim man has been convicted of possessing a machine gun and jumping bail.

A jury in Clallam County Superior Court found Jesse Lee Spencer guilty this week.

Spencer was arrested in 2010 after investigators say he tried to sell a modified semi-automatic rifle that could fire automatically.

A citizen arranged to buy the gun from Spencer at a gas station where he was arrested by law enforcement.

Prosecutors say the trigger of the Panther Arms AR-15 had been altered to convert the rifle to fire in a 'burst mode' with one pull of the trigger.

During testimony at trial, a firearms expert said the conversion was poorly done and the gun could've jammed and blown up.

Spencer was also convicted of jumping bail when he failed to appear for his previous trial date.

He faces three to eight months in jail when he is sentenced in January.

Defense lawyers plan to appeal the conviction.

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