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Story Last modified at 2:26 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Police Briefs

Former Chugiak man sentenced

A former Chugiak man has been sentenced by a federal judge to two years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.

Matthew Wayne Henry, 52, was convicted in April of firing an illegally-modified machine gun from the front door of his Chugiak home on Oct. 30, 2009. According to a press release issued by U.S. District Attorney Karen Loeffler, Henry modified a .308-caliber rifle to make it fully automatic.

At sentencing, Judge Russel Holland noted that Henry was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the incident, and that Henry had a prior run-in with police in 2006 during which he also was intoxicated and carrying a loaded firearm.

Henry will have to serve three years of supervised release after leaving prison and must pay a $7,500 fine.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.