A man with ties to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge one year ago pleaded guilty Monday in Eugene to illegally possessing a .50 caliber machine gun capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute.

Michael Ray Emry, 54, made the admission during an appearance in U.S. District Court. Sentencing in the case — which is not directly related to the refuge occupation — is scheduled for April 3.

Emry, a veteran of both the Army and the Navy, made a brief statement in court in which he apologized and told U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken that he feels it’s “unfortunate this has happened.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathan Lichvarcik said he and defense attorney Lynn Shepard will jointly recommend a 2½-year prison sentence for Emry, who told federal agents after his arrest that he had moved from Idaho to Oregon in late December 2015 in a van loaned to him by refuge occupation leader Ammon Bundy, according to court records.

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