Justin Matthew Dawson, who resigned from the Acworth Police Department after criminal charges were filed, waived his right to an indictment and pleaded guilty to a felony false statement charge on Tuesday.
According to information presented in court:
On April 1, 2009, Dawson sold a Rock River Arms LAR-15 with a 12-inch barrel to former Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Robinson, who then sold it to an undercover FBI several days later.
Dawson learned of the federal investigation and made contact with agents on April 13.
At that time, Dawson told an FBI agent that he owned and later sold Robinson components of the firearm — which is not illegal.
However, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill McKinnon, other testimony showed Dawson had possessed the assembled weapon in its entirety without reporting it to the proper authorities and sold the entire weapon to Robinson.
“Therefore it was illegal to possess, because it was not registered with federal authorities,” McKinnon had said in court.
Robinson still awaits trial on firearms charges related to the sale of the weapon and fraud charges.
Sentencing for Dawson has been set for June 10 at 10 a.m.
He faces as much as five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
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