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Date: Mar 17, 2021

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge after he was accused of selling machine gun conversion devices online to followers of a far-right extremist movement.

Timothy John Watson entered the plea Tuesday to possession of an unregistered firearm silencer in federal court in Martinsburg. Several other charges were dropped under a plea agreement.

Watson, 30, of Ranson, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. No sentencing date was immediately announced. Prosecutors said they will seek a stiffer sentence due to the seriousness of Watson’s alleged conduct.

Read more: CBS Pittsburgh

A North Carolina man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly planted explosive devices at a church, community college, and a veteran's organization over the weekend.

Terry Lee Barham, 64, faces several charges, including possession of a weapon of mass destruction and three terrorism counts.

Police were called to the First Baptist Church on Sunday morning in Brevard where they found an incendiary device that had not yet been detonated.

After searching the area, they found more devices at the Transylvania County Community Services Building, as well as the American Legion Lodge. These devices had been "detonated with superficial damage," according to authorities.

Read more: Fox News

A 23-year-old Palm Desert man who tossed a Molotov cocktail into a Republican group’s office in the Coachella Valley entered a guilty plea on Monday and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

Carlos Espriu, who firebombed the East Valley Republican Women Federated office in the 78-800 block of Highway 111 in La Quinta last May, appeared via video conference in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles before U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson and pleaded guilty to one count of attempted arson of a building used in interstate and foreign commerce.

The charge was filed because the Republican group sells T-shirts and other wares, and ships them out of the state and country, according to federal prosecutors.

Read more: Desert Sun

A 21-year-old man from Woodstock, who was captured in South Georgia on Tuesday night, is the suspect in three metro Atlanta massage parlor shootings that left eight people dead, authorities said.

Robert Aaron Long was first identified as the suspect in the shooting at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County that left four people dead and one person injured, according to the sheriff’s office. He is also a suspect in two more shootings at similar businesses in northeast Atlanta that resulted in four more deaths, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Six of the eight victims were Asian women, authorities said.

Read more: Atlanta Journal Constitution