Prison Terms for Couple Convicted of Weapons Charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A couple convicted of making illegal weapons and selling them to undercover agents posing as white supremacists were sentenced to prison Monday.
U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew sentenced Christian Nadal, 35, to eight years in prison for manufacturing, possessing and selling machine guns.
His wife, Doris Nadal, 41, was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to possess illegal weapons.
Nadal could have been sentenced to as much as 145 years in prison, and his wife faced a maximum sentence of five years.
The Nadals said they were set up.
″To this day, after six months in prison, I still ask myself why the government went completely out of their way to go after me and my wife,″ Nadal told the judge.
During the trial, Mrs. Nadal testified that after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, her husband purchased parts for 10 British-made machine guns for protection. She said she thought the weapons were legal.
Nadal testified that he believed minorities should be expelled from the United States and whites should arm themselves.