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Guilty plea for former Va. guardsman in military equipment theft

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A former Virginia Army National Guard member who admitted stealing military equipment faces up to 11 years in prison.

Media outlets report that 30-year-old Michael W. Tutwiler of Mechanicsville pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government property and possession of a machine gun.

Prosecutors say Tutwiler participated in a scheme with several other Guard members to steal weapons-mountable lights in 2008.

According to a federal affidavit, Tutwiler also took ammunition and other items from the National Guard armory in Charlottesville and sold or traded them. He claimed his customers included five Staunton police officers.

No charges were filed against the police officers.

Sentencing is set for May 14.

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