Feds: WV man sold devices to anti-government supporters

West Virginia

This 2020 photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority shows Timothy John Watson of Ranson, W. Va., who pleaded guilty Tuesday, March 16, 2021, to a weapons charge related to an investigation in which he was accused of selling machine gun conversion devices online to followers of a far-right extremist movement. (West Virginia Regional Jail Authority via AP)

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge after he was accused of selling machine gun conversion devices to followers of a far-right extremist movement.

Timothy John Watson, 30, entered the plea Tuesday to possession of an unregistered firearm silencer in federal court in Martinsburg.

Several other charges were dropped under a plea agreement.

Watson faces up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors said they will seek a stiffer sentence due to the seriousness of Watson’s alleged conduct. They plan to show at sentencing that he made devices that could turn semi-automatic AR-15 rifles into fully automatic machine guns.

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