Federal Jury Convicts Alvarado, Texas Man on Federal Firearms Offense
FORT WORTH, Texas — Late yesterday afternoon, following lengthy deliberations, a federal jury convicted Benjamin Edward Neuner, aka “Rebel Rider Ben,” 59, of Alvarado, Texas, on a one-count superseding indictment charging illegal possession of a machinegun, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Neuner, who was remanded into custody following the verdict, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for August 31, 2012, before U.S. District Judge John McBryde.
Neuner, according to testimony at trial, is a member of the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club, a support club for the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. At trial, the government presented evidence that Neuner converted two rifles into machineguns and delivered them to an undercover FBI agent. In convicting Neuner, the jury rejected his claim that he was entrapped by a cooperating Bandido motorcycle gang member.
The investigation is being led by the FBI, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Josh Burgess and Matt Gulde are in charge of the prosecution.
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