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W.Va. man receives probation in gun exports case

November 27, 2013
Associated Press

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A Wheeling man convicted of illegally exporting firearms to buyers in Canada and Israel will spend five years on probation.

Michael Steven Frank pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to export firearms and money laundering.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling-News Register ( ) reports that Frank was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling. He had faced up to 25 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey noted Frank's lack of a prior criminal record, family and community support and attendance of counseling sessions for post-traumatic distress order.

Prosecutors say Frank acquired two dozen firearms from gun dealers in the Ohio Valley and shipped them to buyers in the two countries in exchange for cash payments.


Information from: The Intelligencer,



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