Eight homemade silencers. Eighteen machine guns. Eighty-two homemade grenades.
Those were just a few of the guns and explosives federal agents seized last fall while investigating two Virginia Beach men who tried to sell automatic weapons to area motorcycle gangs, according to court documents.
One of the men, Leonard Clarence Davis, was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison. The other, Christopher Aaron Phillips, is to be sentenced Sept. 6.
“Machine guns are weapons of mass destruction, as far as I’m concerned,” U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar said before handing down Davis’ sentence.
Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in December to selling 16 unregistered, fully automatic machine guns and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.