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Two Stateline men indicted, accused of converting pistols into automatic weapons

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury on gun charges in two separate cases.

Both men are charged with possessing devices used to convert a conventional semi-automatic pistol to function as a fully automatic firearm.

These devices are commonly referred to as “switches,” “auto-sears,” and “conversion devices,” among other names, according to the United States Attorney Northern District of Illinois office.

In the first case, Javaughn Hixson, 21, of Rockford, was charged with three counts of possessing a conversion device, which the indictment alleges is a part designed solely and exclusively for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun.

According to the indictment, Hixson knowingly possessed one conversion device on Oct. 22, 2020, two conversion devices on Nov. 5, 2020, and an additional two conversion devices on Dec. 8, 2020.

Hixson was also charged with illegally possessing a loaded Glock pistol as a felon on Jan. 4, 2021.

Hixson pleaded not-guilty during his arraignment Thursday afternoon.

In the second case, Marcus Williams, 25, of Loves Park, was charged with one count of possessing a firearm that had been converted into a machinegun.

According to the indictment, on Jan. 7, 2021, Williams knowingly possessed a loaded Glock .40 caliber firearm that had been converted into a machinegun by an aftermarket “switch.”

Williams is currently in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections and a date will be set in the near future for arraignment.

Each of the charged counts carries a maximum potential penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by up to 3 years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

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