Former Deputy Pleads Guilty To Buying Rifles For Blackwater

A former sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty in federal court to helping get automatic weapons for the security firm formerly known as Blackwater.

The Virginian Pilot reports Jonathan Worthington, 45, worked as a Camden County Sheriff's deputy and as a firearms instructor Blackwater. The paper says he admitted to using sheriff's office letterhead in spring 2005 to buy 17 AK-47s for Blackwater.

The newspaper says Blackwater could not possess more than two fully automatic weapons as a private company.

Worthington will be sentenced in February.


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  • by JusticeForAll on Nov 15, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    The newspaper lies about the limit on full-auto firearms ownership by corporations. There is NO statutory limit in NC law on the number of Class III (Full-auto) firearms that a corporation, business, or trust can own. Individual Sheriffs may place arbitrary restrictions on ownership, but there is NO state law that limits this at all...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:52 PM
    He should have used Eric Holders defense, I didn't know they were going to Blackwater. Where's the justice folks? WHY IS ERIC HOLDER NOT IN PRISON!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Whats the big deal here?They are a freaking security firm.Dang,at least he didnt sale or give them to mexican drug runners.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    So they're gonna charge, try, and sentence someone that was helping a company that provides back up and security for our soldiers. Great job federal government, lets lock up the good guys too. This justice system sucks.
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      by m on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to
      There are proper channels to do this. Circumventing the system in place is not one of them.
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:47 PM in reply to m
        Well then, please explain those laws as it applies to Fast and Furious that Eric Holder did? Not only did it cirmumvent the system but it got an agent killed...yet this is being ignored by the media you watch. Explain away, I'll wait. OH, be prepared to address how many weapons were given away free will ya.
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          by uh on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:06 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
          Fast and Furious was a tremendous failure, and if Eric Holder was a party to it, he should be held accountable- but none of that justifies Blackwater's circumvention of the law. But yes, the Fast and Furious thing is a horrible mistake compounded by a ridiculous cover-up.
  • by uh Location: enc on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    So Blackwater was stocking up on assault rifles, at a quantity above the legal limit? Subpoenas all around.
  • by C Location: Greenville on Nov 15, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    Maybe they should go after real criminals. They let child molesters, murderers, and such go free every day, but they're gonna make sure this officer has the book thrown at him. Lovely...gotta love our justice system
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 15, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    Yeah, I cannot wait till Holder has to do time for Fast and Furious. Heck, he gave them away free...
  • by m on Nov 15, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    That's just plain stupid, good bye, enjoy your Fed time in lockdown.
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