An ex-Air Force Master Sergeant has pleaded guilty to charges of theft that saw him steal several ammunition and classified materials while in service. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Troy Lynn Misiak pleaded guilty to felony theft of government property and unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm.
Former Air Force sergeant stole suppressors, rocket launcher tubes, classified material, and thousands of bullets from his unit https://t.co/l8f3MEuOSc
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The Blaze News report that the items seized included two SureFire firearm suppressors, one barrel for a Daniel Defense internally suppressed rifle and eight upper assemblies for Geissele Automatics brand rifles. Two suppressor alignment rods, two suspected rocket launcher tubes, and around 6,000 rounds of unopened ammunition were also part of the stolen items.
“also seized a 31-page #classifieddocument from the US Army Special Operations Command that Misiak was not authorized to possess”
Troy Lynn Misiak, age 47
Former Air Force Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Stealing Firearm Silencers Intended for Military Use https://t.co/RHj9XfRdVR
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During his plea hearing, the ex-master sergeant said he used his military position to illegally acquire various weapon attachments, ammunition, parts and a 31-page U.S. Army Special Operations Command classified document.
Additionally, he confessed to sabotaging his unit’s activities by keeping other equipment meant for others to himself only. The ATF, alongside the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, is investigating the case to determine the extent of the situation.
U.S. attorney Micheal Easly commended the country’s military during the hearing. Easley said the U.S. has the best military capacity in the world and urged the military personnel to be good stewards and not use the resources for personal gains.
“We won’t allow dangerous weaponry that is provided for military use to be stolen without consequences. Today’s guilty plea is just one example of our partnership with the Air Force and ATF to ensure those consequences are meted out,” Easley said while commenting on the officer’s misconduct.
Bennie Mims, special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, also lamented that the officer’s conduct threatened public safety. Based on Mims’ position on the offense and the weight of the charges, the guilty party may face up to 10 years behind bars, including over $250,000 in fines.
The Blaze News reports that the officer continued to steal government property even after leaving active service to become a U.S. army civil service employee.