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Silver Star Recipient Vietnam War Vet Gets 7 Years Illegal M14


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#1 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 11:08 AM

"The rifle, which had a scratched-off serial number, was similar to the one Pick used as an Army lieutenant in Vietnam, where he earned a Silver Star after participating in more than 100 combat missions and his brief time as a POW."

 

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 11:40 AM

It does bother me that possession of anything without some sort of criminal use is illegal. Must be my libertarian bent.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 01:47 PM

From PACER:

The defendant got 87 months because he was charged as a drug user in possession (marijuana and cocaine) which increased the number of chargeable firearms from one (the M-14) to fourteen (his entire gun collection).

There are a lot of documents in his case including psychiatric evaluations and a competency hearing. But his order of detention says it all:

Evidence was presented regarding Defendant’s verbal threat to kill hospital employees. Evidence was also presented regarding items recovered at Defendant’s residence, including, but not limited to, fourteen firearms, one of which was a machine gun, ammunition, marijuana, and cocaine. Evidence was also presented regarding Defendant’s habitual drug use, as well as alleged sexual misconduct with his daughter, including inappropriate pictures of his daughter as a minor. Notably, not one family member would agree to be Defendant’s third party custodian, and all expressed that they would fear for their safety if Defendant was released. Finally, evidence was presented that Defendant is a trained and licensed pilot and owns a plane. Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, the Court is unable to fashion any conditions that would ensure the safety of the community and that would ensure Defendant’s appearance as required in these proceedings. Therefore, the United States’ motion for detention (Dkt. 5) is GRANTED, and Defendant is detained pending trial.
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#4 jim c 351

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 03:28 PM

He obviously went astray , but its really sad to see an officer and gentleman ,with a silver star fall so far.

I wonder if the stress of combat had anything to do with his issues.

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 03:32 PM

Looks like finding the M14 was just incidental......there is always more to these stories

 

ATF doesn't really do 30 year long searches for untraceable and unregistered NFA items bought thru private parties at gun shows.....


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#6 Arthur Fliegenheimer

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 06:29 PM

From PACER:

The defendant got 87 months because he was charged as a drug user in possession (marijuana and cocaine) which increased the number of chargeable firearms from one (the M-14) to fourteen (his entire gun collection).

There are a lot of documents in his case including psychiatric evaluations and a competency hearing. 
 

 

This is about as bad as it gets. From a comment by his neighbor:

 

John Hammond October 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm
Pick was originally charged with 3 counts, including making a terrorist threat to the staff at a local hospital saying “What happened in Las Vegas is nothing compared to what I’m going to do to you people”. This resulted in them raiding his home to search for weapons and finding cocaine, pot and an automatic rifle with the serial number filed off. He has been banned from other hospitals as well. His only daughter was sexually abused by both Al and his wife from the age of 4 years old including digital and oral penetration, pornographic photographs, vibrators and forced bubble baths with body rubbing. Al denied this vehemently at the hearing, His daughter had photograph proof which she retrieved from Al’s house following his arrest. The judge reviewed the photographs with both attorneys in closed chambers and found Alfred’s denials and statements regarding his character to be false. When his house was raided, child pornography was also confiscated. Al confided to another neighbor that he had stolen the automatic weapon during a target practice session, hiding it under some leaves and returning that night to the range to retrieve it. A few years ago Al was arrested for banishing a weapon over a parking space. Al refused to allow his wife’s body to be released for cremation for two weeks, holding it hostage as a tool to force his release.
Al Pick’s neighbor for many, many years.


Edited by Arthur Fliegenheimer, 18 October 2018 - 06:32 PM.

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