No prison time for federal weapons conspirator
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- A Durango man who conspired with a U.S. Navy SEAL to sell explosives and machine guns smuggled in from the Middle East has avoided prison time.
According to the Durango Herald, Richard Paul was sentenced Wednesday to eight months of home confinement after signing a plea agreement with the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Nevada. Paul pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell firearms and explosives.
As part of the plea agreement, Paul agreed to testify against Nicholas Bickle of San Diego, a former Navy SEAL who was sentenced Tuesday to 17 1/2 years in prison after he was convicted of felony weapons charges, including dealing in stolen firearms.
Federal and local authorities seized machine guns, grenades and 5 pounds of military C-4 explosive from Paul's garage in 2010.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com