Former Midlands Tech student sentenced to five years in prison after researching mass shootings, illegally obtaining more than 100 guns

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Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 6:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 11:29 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Edward Daniel Kimpton Jr. was sentenced to 5 years in prison Wednesday morning, according to a source involved with the investigation.

Kimpton pleaded guilty to multiple charges of fraud after possessing illegal bump stocks and researching mass shootings in November, 2021.

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia, Kimpton previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud and possession of stolen firearms in federal court.

Prosecutors say in 2020 more than 23,000 rounds of ammunition, tactical gear, gas masks, and body armor were seized from Kimpton at a residence in Columbia.

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According to officials, Kimpton must pay restitution in the amount of $44,316.15 and must follow the conditions of a supervised release.

Two of the conditions of his release are that he must not commit another crime and meet with a probation officer.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well the United States Secret Service, with the assistance of both the Richland and Lexington County Sheriff’s Departments.

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