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GR man sentenced for lying to FBI

Posted at 5:22 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 17:22:07-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids man will serve more than two years in federal prison for lying to FBI agents about renting and training with an AR-15.

Federal investigators say 25-year-old Aaron Fein will serve 27 months in prison for lying to investigators. Agents started looking into Fein in August 2018 when he tried to go into Canada without proper documentation.

When border officers searched his car, they found documents and materials related to making bombs. Authorities say he admitted to having materials to make bombs at his home and was interested in mass shootings.

The incident caused agents to keep a close eye on him.

Several times last year, he tried to obtain firearms and ammunition but was stopped by law enforcement. A court ordered he couldn’t have any guns and that gets mental health treatment.

In April, he was caught renting an AR-15 at a gun range in eastern Michigan and lied about it to the FBI. Investigators searched his home, where they found unassembled parts for multiple AR-15s, radio transmitters and electrical components for an explosive device.

He was arrested and held in police custody until his sentencing this week. Once he serves his 27-month sentence, he will have three years of supervision by the U.S. Probation Office and receive mental health treatment.