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Machine gun stash gets Bartlett man 2 years in prison

Tony E. Johnson

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A Bartlett man accused of stockpiling machine guns without a Firearm Owner's Identification card was sentenced Wednesday to a two-year prison term.

Tony Johnson, 45, was arrested in May after police found the guns, along with several large containers of bomb-making chemicals, at a building in Roselle, authorities said.


Johnson had four styles of machine guns, all of which could be converted into fully automatic weapons, according to court records. One of them, a Colt AR-15, was the same style as rifles used in last year's mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.

Johnson was charged after police found a 12-guage shotgun at his condominium on the 300 block of Wilmington Drive in Bartlett, authorities said at the time. Police then searched a building on the 800 block of West Lake Street in Roselle and recovered the other weapons.

In court Wednesday, Johnson pleaded guilty to felony firearm possession without a FOID card and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis.

By law, Johnson must serve at least a year of his sentence before he could be eligible for parole. With credit for time served in the county jail since May, he could be released in about four months.

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