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2 Va. men charged with keeping FBI submachine gun

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 12:28pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Leesburg man is set to plead guilty in a case where authorities say he and another man kept an FBI submachine gun stolen from the trunk of an agent's car.

The Washington Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/14vL7Ip ) that 26-year-old Jonathan Cowden is scheduled to enter a plea deal Monday in federal court in Alexandria. Also charged is 26-year-old Nate Whilden of Clifton.

According to an FBI affidavit, Whilden broke into a sedan parked in his neighborhood in February 2011 and found an FBI-issued Heckler and Koch submachine gun. According to the affidavit, Whilden took a bag from the trunk and only discovered later that the gun was FBI property.

The affidavit states that Whilden later sold the gun to Cowden. It was found in a search of Cowden's apartment last year.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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