Arkansas councilman pleads guilty to weapons charge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Palestine city councilman has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing an unregistered machine gun.

John Henry Parker pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of illegally possessing a Glock machine gun. As part of a plea deal, federal prosecutors dropped a charge of illegally possessing a Ruger .22-caliber rifle equipped with a silencer.

Parker told U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele (EYES-lee) that he only had the machine gun for a day before federal agents searched his home. Parker says the gun belonged to the Wheatley Police Department and he was "working on it" for the department.

Parker faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,00 fine - but Eisele said sentencing guidelines suggest an 18-24 month sentence.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

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