A former Maryland police chief has pleaded guilty to the illegal transfer and possession of two machine guns.
William Tyler is the ex-chief of the Taneytown Police Department. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland filed charges against him earlier this year, accusing him of transferring two machine guns to himself and a subordinate officer. The weapons, registered to the Taneytown force, were for their personal use.
Tyler, who lives in Pennsylvania, didn't report the 2017 transfer. Transporting certain weapons between states without a license violates U.S. law.
Tyler and the unidentified officer were placed on leave two days after federal agents searched Taneytown's police department and Tyler's home in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.
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The former chief pleaded guilty Tuesday. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June.