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president of virginia beach mongol's motorcycle gang sentenced 18 months for machine gun charge

December 3, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Justin Wilson, 30, of Virginia Beach, Va., was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing and transferring a machine gun. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Edgar A. Domenech, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. 

            Wilson was indicted on July 15, 2010, and pled guilty on Sept. 13, 2010.  According to court documents, Wilson admitted he sold a fully automatic, AK-style rifle to an undercover agent in Fairfax County, Va.  Wilson informed the agent that he had obtained the machine gun during his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Firearms testing determined that the AK-47 was made in Russia and was once the property of the Iraqi Armed Forces.  At the time of the offense, Wilson was the president of the Virginia Beach chapter of the Mongol’s Motorcycle Gang.

            This case was investigated by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Special Assistant United States Attorneys Sam Kaplan and Thomas J. Krepp prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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