Guilty plea in 'Gatling gun' purchase

June 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM
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NORFOLK, Va., June 15 (UPI) -- A former museum director has pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy a "Gatling-gun" type of rotary machine gun used on U.S. F-14 fighter jets, authorities say.

Wayne Miller, 49, was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he bought the machine gun in 2005 from a Navy chief petty officer in charge of decommissioning aircraft at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va., The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday.

At the time, Miller was executive director of the Aviation Hall of Fame in Teterboro, N.J., the newspaper said.

The Navy petty officer, Matthew Sutton, was sentenced to six months for stealing Navy aircraft parts and selling them.

Miller's lawyer said his client had "visions of grandeur" of opening a flight simulator business that led him to start buying F-14 parts, including the machine gun, on the black market.

The machine gun, which authorities said was operational, weighs 300 pounds and can fire 6,000 rounds a minute.

Miller "never intended any harm or evil to anyone," Allen said in court documents.

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