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Former deputy gets 366 days in prison for lying to feds about missing machine gun

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A former Kansas sheriff’s deputy who lied to a federal agent about the whereabouts of a missing machine gun is headed to prison.

Prosecutors say former Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert W. Doty told a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who was looking for the gun that he left it on a couch by his boss’s office about 2 1/2 weeks after he cleaned it in June 2016.

But, in fact, Doty had taken the UZI 9mm-caliber carbine machine gun to a friend’s house in Jetmore, where it was found in March, according to court documents.

The agent who questioned Doty was investigating why the machine gun was missing from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office’s inventory, a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

U.S. District Judge John Broomes on Wednesday ordered Doty to spend one year and one day in federal prison on one count of lying to a federal investigator, McAllister said. The sentence was recommended in Doty’s plea agreement after he admitted to the crime in July.

Doty, 60, now lives in Guymon, Okla. His Kansas law enforcement certification was revoked in February, according to the Kansas Commission of Peace Officers’ Standards and Training website.

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