Controversial Former Police Chief Convicted

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- A controversial former police chief has been found guilty of lying on a firearms application.

A jury in Schuylkill County convicted former Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler of lying on an application to buy a firearm.

Kessler received national attention in 2013 when he posted a profanity-laced video on YouTube showing him firing off automatic rifles.

He was ultimately removed from his job as police chief and Gilberton disbanded its entire force.

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Kessler now faces up to a year in jail after his attempted firearm purchase.

Prosecutors in Schuylkill County say he checked "no" on the form that asked if he was charged with a crime.

At the time, Kessler was charged with making terroristic threats.


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