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Westmoreland County Man Sentenced To Prison For Gun Offense

March 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 26, 2010, that Brian Stephen Kudalis, a resident of Yukon, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to 33 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release on his conviction of one count of violating federal firearms laws.

Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster imposed the sentence on Kudalis, age 38.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking, that on May 29, 2008, Kudalis, a drifter, converted a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle to fire on fully-automatic, by furnishing a "lightning link" to an undercover law enforcement officer for $130.00.  The "lightning link" qualifies as a machine gun under federal law.

Mr. Cessar commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kudalis.

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