Retired army officer gets prison in guns case

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and convicted felon must serve 18 months in federal prison for having dozens of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in Texas.

Robert D. Whittington III was sentenced Thursday in Texarkana. Whittington pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Officers in March 2018 raided Whittington’s home in Hooks, 150 miles (241.39 kilometers) northeast of Dallas. Authorities found more than 100 firearms and 19,000 rounds of ammunition.

Prosecutors say Whittington in 2011 was convicted of terrorizing in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, over threatening letters and a deer-hunting camp. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

The Texarkana Gazette reports Whittington has written books about firearms and last June mailed a letter to the newspaper stating he’s opposed to gun control.

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