Skip to comments.State trooper pleads guilty to possessing machine gun
Posted on 07/26/2006 4:47:07 PM PDT by bad company
Illinois State Police trooper Gregory Mugge pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing an unregistered machine gun in federal court on Tuesday, according to an announcement from the U.S. attorney's office.
Mugge, 52, of Jerseyville, was indicted in January, along with Illinois State Police Sgt. James Vest, 39, of O'Fallon, and John Yard, 36, an Illinois State Police special agent assigned to the Collinsville office, each face separate charges of illegal gun possession.
Mugge faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and a maximum three years of supervised release.
He is scheduled to reappear in court for sentencing on Oct. 27.
On Dec. 29, authorities seized Mugge's unregistered Colt .2234 caliber rifle from his home in Jerseyville. In his plea, Mugge admitted to knowing his possession of the rifle was unlawful.
In February, a group of 12 local police chiefs and sheriffs, and two state senators, Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, and Sen. James Watson, R-Greenville, endorsed a letter of support for the three state troopers.
At that time, the backers pushed for administrative punishment for the three troopers rather than prosecution.
Why not show a real spine AND CHANGE THE GODDAMN LAW?
Good to know that their editors were hard at work...
Did these State troopers steal money out of my pocket?
Or was it our gun-grabber governor who also grabbed my money?
We need to return to a concept of crimes that have victims being more serious than victimless crimes.
Was it a rifle or a machine gun? Dumb ass liberal media don't know squat about things they oppose.
Ah, the dreaded Colt .2234 caliber rifle...
Because that would allow people not like them (i.e., common, law-abiding citizens) to be able to own things that they feel they alone are entitled to. And we can't have that, you understand.
Fat chance. They would have to let tens of thousands out of people out of prison, and shrink the criminal justice industry (cops, courts, lawyers, jails) considerably. Just think of all the jobs it would cost.
He had it, he knew he had it, he knew it was illegal; and people think the law should be ignored because he's a "Trooper"?!? What other laws can he ignore? We either have laws, or we do not. If we have laws, they are enforced equally across the board; or we have anarchy. I'd say he made a STUPID decision.
Almost as dreaded as the mysterious .223456789 caliber rifle, known only to liberal reporters.
A Colt in .223 - it's a guess, but perhaps it was an AR-15.
The caliber of pi.
Glad to hear that the Illinois boys got tangled up in their own state laws.
The ones they LOVE to enforce.
Somebody needs to calibrate their metal detectors.
EXTREMELY tight tolerances for improved accuracy. Course you have to replace the barrel after every magazine.
There don't appear to be many fully automatic rifles in the inner cities where they're most likely to be used if available, and I have a hard time thinking that's a bad thing.
I'm a member of the NRA and own many guns myself. I'd prefer that fully automatic rifles be highly restricted in this country.
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy chapters involving quantum mechanics. One is, yes, adequate even enough to induce some fun and pleasure for an instant, miserably brief.
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