Calif. guardsmen sentenced for machine gun theft

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two former members of the California National Guard have been sentenced to federal prison for selling two machine guns they stole from an armory.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that 40-year-old Stephen Gooden of Stockton was sentenced this week to a year in prison and fined $1,000 for possessing a machine gun.

Earlier this year, a fellow former guardsman, 28-year-old Luis Castro of Sacramento, was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Prosecutors say they stole two Colt M-4 machine guns from the National Guard armory in Lodi, 35 miles south of Sacramento.

Court records show agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bought the two weapons in October 2009 from two members of the Norteno street gang during an undercover operation.