- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California man who authorities say went by the online nickname “Dr-Death” is pleading guilty to illegally making and selling firearms and possessing an unregistered machine gun.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento says 53-year-old Daniel Crowninshield of Sacramento faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday.

He was indicted in 2014 on charges of operating an unlicensed firearms manufacturing business in North Sacramento.

Prosecutors say he illegally manufactured parts for assault rifles, selling them without conducting background checks, enforcing waiting periods, or completing required paperwork.

Defense attorney Danny Brace previously said Crowninshield helped customers make their own parts and didn’t believe he was doing anything illegal.

Prosecutors say Crowninshield advertised on at least one online forum for firearms owners.

He is set for sentencing June 30.


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