Man sentenced for machine gun possession

HELENA, MT - HELENA, MT (AP) - A 55-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for possessing an unregistered machine gun.

Zollie L. Byrd was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell in Helena. Lovell ordered his sentence to be served after a 4-year, three-month sentence Byrd received in South Carolina.

Byrd was convicted in January 2009 in South Carolina for possession of machine guns, a conviction that prohibited him from possessing any firearms.

On Sept. 1, 2009, Byrd's motor home hit a fence in Townsend. The next day Byrd was interviewed and admitted he had been convicted of possessing machine guns, that 1 of his weapons was fully automatic and that 20 other weapons found in the motor home also belonged to him. Byrd was ordered to forfeit the weapons and 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

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