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Michael James Friesen was sentenced 18 months for conspiracy to transfer, unlawful possession of a machine gun

PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE - This Guide Lamp, Model M3A1, .45 ACP caliber machine gun was possessed by one Prineville man who attempted to to sell it to another Prineville resident.

A Prineville resident received an 18-month prison sentence and three years of supervised release Tuesday for conspiracy to transfer and unlawful possession of a machine gun.

According to court documents, between May and June 2018, 33-year-old Michael James Friesen agreed to broker the sale of a Guide Lamp, Model M3A1, .45 ACP caliber machine gun for co-defendant John Widener Jordan, 38, also of Prineville.

Between May 30 and June 5, Friesen discussed the sale price of the firearm with an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) posing as a potential purchaser. Friesen confirmed for the agent that he had seen the firearm function as a machine gun.

On June 6, Friesen met the undercover agent in a motel room in Prineville. Shortly thereafter, Jordan brought the firearm to the motel room and completed the transaction in exchange for $3,000 in cash. Jordan in turn paid Friesen for arranging the sale.        

On April 24, Friesen pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to transfer and unlawful possession of a machine gun. Jordan is awaiting a jury trial scheduled to begin on Oct. 16, 2019.

This case was investigated by the ATF and is being prosecuted by Nathan J. Lichvarcik, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. It was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice's violent crime reduction efforts. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

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