Friday, January 18, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.
An Orange County convicted felon is arguing that mere possession of AK-47 parts he purchased on the Internet but hadn't assembled cannot be a violation of state law.
But a California Court of Appeal
ruled today that the man was mistaken.
A detective with the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force visited Tien Duc Nguyen's auto repair business for a search in March 2010, found the weapon parts and arrested him for attempted unlawful assault weapon activity as well as possession of a gun and .50-caliber ammunition by a felon.
According to court records, Nguyen admitted he knew that he wasn't allowed to possess weapons or ammo, a 2011 jury convicted him of the other charges too and Superior Court Judge Daphne Sykes Scott sentenced him to prison.
Today, a three-justice appellate panel declared that, despite Nguyen's strenuous objections, his convictions were righteous and won't be overturned.
Upshot: Nguyen, 37, will continue to serve his 6-year punishment inside the California Correctional Facility--state officials object to calling prisons "prisons" nowadays--at Susanville.