2 Virginia Men Charged With Keeping FBI Submachine Gun

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013  |  Updated 2:08 PM EDT
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2 Virginia Men Charged With Keeping FBI Submachine Gun

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A Leesburg, Va., man is set to plead guilty in a case where authorities say he and another man kept an FBI submachine gun stolen from the trunk of an agent's car.

Jonathan Cowden, 26, is scheduled to enter a plea deal Monday in federal court in Alexandria, the Washington Examiner reported. Also charged is 26-year-old Nate Whilden of Clifton.

According to an FBI affidavit, Whilden broke into a sedan parked in his neighborhood in February 2011 and found an FBI-issued Heckler and Koch submachine gun. According to the affidavit, Whilden took a bag from the trunk and only discovered later that the gun was FBI property.

The affidavit states that Whilden later sold the gun to Cowden. It was found in a search of Cowden's apartment last year.

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