Ex-Trooper Tried in Florida

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Prosecutors said Thursday that a former Mississippi Highway Patrol SWAT team member faces up to 30 years in prison for possessing unregistered firearms and explosive devices.

Archie L. Foster, III was convicted by a jury on Tuesday on charges of possessing two machine guns and a stun grenade.

Foster, 47, also is facing 29 child pornography possession charges in a separate case set for trial May 3 in Florida Circuit Court.

Foster's sentencing for the firearms and explosive device violations is scheduled for June 22 before U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson.

Penalties for each of the three federal counts can range from probation to ten years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. Foster now lives in Laurel, Miss.

Foster was living in Pensacola on Nov. 10, 2003, when Escambia County sheriff's deputies found two machine guns and a stun grenade during a search of his home. The search also turned up photographs depicting sexual conduct by a child, investigators said.