Santa Monica Man Pleads Guilty to Gun-Related Charge

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A felon accused of shooting into his neighbor's backyard in Santa Monica pleaded guilty today to a federal gun-related charge.

Jason Scott Walsh, 32, entered his plea to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16 in Los Angeles federal court.

Throughout the night of Jan. 9, Walsh's neighbor heard popping sounds while having a gathering in his backyard with eight guests, including children, then noticed a hole had been shot through his garage, according to court papers.

Santa Monica Police Department officers responded and discovered a bullet on the garage floor. While on the scene, officers also heard what sounded like suppressed gunfire coming from Walsh's residence.

Police obtained and executed a search warrant at Walsh's residence, where they seized a loaded, short-barreled, AR-type rifle bearing no serial number; two loaded, semi-automatic Polymer80 9mm caliber firearms bearing no serial numbers, one with an attached silencer; additional suspected silencers; firearm magazines; an ammunition reloading device; and 367 rounds of ammunition and 58 9mm caliber cartridge casings, according to court documents.

Walsh was previously convicted of a felony charge for making terrorist threats in April 2014. As a result, he is not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition.

Walsh was arrested on Feb. 8 and has been in federal custody since that time.

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