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Former Kirtland aviator sentenced to more than a year in prison for federal guns

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A former Kirtland aviator will spend more than a year behind bars after pleading guilty to federal gun charges. While stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base, Charles Brent Justice, 28, purchased a silencer online from China.


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U.S. Customs and Border Protection found it in the mail. They say he also bought other illegal devices like a butt designed to convert a pistol into a short barrel rifle and another device that turns a pistol into a machine gun.

Upon his release, Justice will be subject to three years of supervised release. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice District of New Mexico, the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this matter with the Department of Air Force, the Office of Special Investigations and Homeland Security Investigation. US Assistant Prosecutors Jon K. Stanford and Nicholas Mote continued the case.

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