Ex-Navy SEAL gets nearly 18 years in weapons case

FILE - An Oct. 7, 2011 file photo shows Petty Officer Nicholas Bickle in Las Vegas. Bickle will learn his legal fate in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 17, 2012 after his conviction last year on 13 federal conspiracy and arms trafficking charges. Bickle, of San Diego, is expected to get less than 20 years in prison at sentencing by U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) A 34-year-old former U.S. Navy SEAL who deployed twice to Iraq will learn his legal fate in Las Vegas after his conviction last year on 13 federal conspiracy and arms trafficking charges. Nicholas Bickle of San Diego is expected to get less than 20 years in prison at sentencing Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt. (Julie Jacobson, File)
July 17, 2012 12:16:14 AM PDT
A former U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced Tuesday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for heading a scheme to sell machine guns, explosives and military hardware from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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