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Man who made machine gun gets prison time

August 27, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man police say had a homemade machine gun among an arsenal of weapons in his home has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.

Edward Laboursoliere was sentenced Monday.

The 51-year-old Holyoke man was arrested in 2018 after his wife called police. Officers found dozens of weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a partially built pipe bomb in the home he shared with his wife and three children.

He pleaded guilty in March to illegally manufacturing the machine gun in his basement in violation of the National Firearms Act.

Laboursoliere’s attorney argued that his client was a hobbyist who never intended to harm anyone.

Laboursoliere told the judge he had “no ill intent or malicious intent toward anyone.”

He still faces state charges.

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