Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:41 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Apr 12, 2013 10:51 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A 22-year-old from Corpus Christi is heading to federal prison for 10 years on charges he made and sold AK-47's. Prosecutors say Michael Yarbrough purchased parts for the weapons over several months, assembled them, then sold them in McAllen.
Officials say 11 of the weapons were later recovered in Mexico. In one case, one of the weapons was linked to three murders across the border.
US Marshals first discovered the weapons at a home while executing a warrant for a probation violator in August 2011. Prosecutors say authorities came across several people who worked for Yarbrough and were operating a manufacturing facility inside the home.
That search lead officers to the home of Michael Yarbrough at a home on Up River Road. On that day, officers were seen taking a man into custody and questioning several people in the backyard.
They removed duffel bags of fully assembled rifles, rifle parts, ammunition and bandoliers. Authorities say its the largest gun seizure ever in Corpus Christi.
Ashley Yarbrough was given three years probation for making a false statement to federal agents. Stephen Atkinson is awaiting sentencing next month.
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