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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — William E. Tyler, 55, of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the illegal transfer and possession of a machine gun.
Tyler is the former Chief of Police in Taneytown, Md.
According to his guilty plea, in 2017 Tyler transferred two machine guns owned by and registered to the Taneytown Police Department to himself and another office for their personal use.
Tyler did not attempt to report the transfer of the machine guns to the ATF’s National Firearms Act Division, which is responsible for maintaining registration and transfer information about all NFA weapons in accordance with federal law.
Law enforcement executed search warrants on January 15 at the homes of Tyler and the other office and recovered the machine guns.
Tyler was interviewed by the FBI and ATF and was warned that it is a crime to make a materially false statement or representation to federal agents.
Despite the warning, Tyler lied when he told agents he had never fired the .223-caliber machine gun and did not know it was automatic, when in fact he had fired the weapon, according to his guilty plea.
As a result of the guilty plea, he must forfeit assets obtained as a result of, or used to facilitate the commission of his illegal activities, including the two .223-caliber machine guns.
Tyler faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for June 14 at 2 p.m.