A Fresno man pleaded guilty Monday after a stolen AK-74 machine gun from the Fort Irwin military base and a sawed-off shotgun were found in his vehicle, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.
According to court documents, on June 20, of 2012, the stolen machine gun and shotgun were discovered in the trunk of a vehicle that was repossessed from Mark Anthony Carballo, 37.
Authorities then searched his girlfriend's apartment and found a Bersa Model Thunder 380, .380-caliber pistol inside of a backpack that also had 18 rounds of .380-caliber ammunition and a round of 5.45 ammunition for an AK-74.
Authorities said 26 AK-74 machine guns were stolen from the Fort Irwin military base on July 15, 2011. Fourteen rifles have been recovered.
Carballo, who's scheduled to be sentenced on May 2, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.