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Vegas Jury Finds Navy SEAL Guilty In Weapons Case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal jury in Las Vegas on Friday found an active-duty Navy SEAL guilty on 13 of 15 charges in a scheme to sell machine guns and explosives from Iraq and Afghanistan in the United States.

Nicholas Bickle stood in uniform as the verdict was read in U.S. District Court.

The 34-year-old petty officer was found guilty of conspiracy, weapons and explosives charges in a case that identified arms as stolen, but didn’t specify how they got into the U.S.

Bickle could face decades in prison at sentencing Jan. 20.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Hunt allowed him to remain free until that time.

ATF agents reported finding dozens of weapons in raids last November in Las Vegas, in Durango, Colo., and at Bickle’s apartment and a storage unit near San Diego.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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