Army Deserter Pleads Guilty to Machine Gun Charge

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TACOMA, Wash. — An Army deserter who prosecutors say made statements supporting the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to a charge that he possessed machine guns.

Daniel Seth Franey, of Montesano, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. He came to the attention of investigators after acquaintances reported that he had made statements advocating the killing of American soldiers and police.

In charging papers filed in February, investigators said the 34-year-old described Osama bin Laden as "a beautiful man" and that he joined an undercover agent in making what he believed were black-market gun deliveries, despite being subject to a protection order that barred him from possessing weapons.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Franey was captured on audio attempting to acquire firearms, particularly AK-47s.

He faces up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing was set for Oct. 7.

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