Local man gets 20 months on weapons charge | SierraSun.com

Local man gets 20 months on weapons charge

A Russell Valley man will serve 20 months in federal prison for the possession of a machine gun as well as issuing death threats to a federal officer.

Timothy C. Ryan, 47, was sentenced by United States District Judge Edward J. Garcia on Dec. 14, 2007, for the federal charge of unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm, an AR-15 converted to fully automatic, with an obliterated serial number, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The original arrest in September 2006 stemmed from a fire investigation on Ryan’s Russell Valley property north of Truckee, where he allegedly had ignited an unlawful debris pile during fire restrictions.

A Forest Service officer went to Ryan’s house to investigate and was met with resistance and death threats by Ryan, according to Forest Service officials.

A search of Ryan’s residence and outbuildings revealed two fully automatic machine guns.

On Dec. 18, 2007, Ryan pleaded guilty to the state charge of issuing death threats.

He was sentenced Ryan to 180 days in jail, to be served concurrent with the federal sentence. Ryan was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Ryan is scheduled to report to custody on Feb. 1.

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