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Plano, TX — Alfred Decide served his nation honorably. After happening over 100 fight missions in Vietnam, Decide was given the army’s third highest honor, the Silver Star. He was additionally captured and did time as a POW. Now, after escaping a cage in Vietnam 40 years in the past, the nation he laid down his life for is throwing him again in a cage—over a decades-old gun.
At a gun present 40 years in the past, Decide purchased the uncommon M-14 rifle, much like the one he utilized in Vietnam whereas he served within the Military. He put this rifle in a case, together with 14 different extraordinarily uncommon weapons and proudly displayed them in his Texas dwelling for 4 many years.
“This gun was very uncommon at the moment it was uncommon to see one so he immediately had a connection to it,” mentioned Decide’s legal professional Ryne Sandel. “Over the course of his life he and his spouse and picked up about 14 weapons, a lot of them had been collectors gadgets.”
As CBS DFW reports, Decide lived in Plano’s Air Park neighborhood together with different pilots who get pleasure from a runway proper exterior their houses. The 70-year-old Vietnam veteran even served because the president of his owners affiliation. Thus, when the ATF raided his dwelling final yr it got here as a shock to associates like Mark Shackelford.
“He’s at all times been a great particular person to me,” Shackelford mentioned.
When federal brokers raided this American Hero’s dwelling, they had been on the lookout for and seized the uncommon M-14 rifle that decide purchased within the early 80’s at a Fort Value gun present.
“He was a gun collector and it was in all probability the piece de resistance of his assortment… he had proven it to me. I’ve by no means seen it taken it out of the case,” mentioned Shackelford.
As an alternative of merely telling Decide that his rifle was “unlawful” and asking him to switch or take away the firing pin to make it inoperable, masked brokers of the state—armed with automated rifles—ransacked the current widower’s dwelling, kidnapped, and caged him.
As a result of the raid and arrest got here simply two weeks after his spouse died of most cancers, brokers additionally discovered her hashish that she used as drugs. This was tacked on as one other cost.
This week, for having a rifle much like the one he truly “defended your freedoms” with in Vietnam, Decide was sentenced to 87 months in jail by a choose. This, after he’d already spent the final yr in a cage.
“He’s a extremely outstanding man to be sincere,” mentioned Sandel. “I do suppose it’s unlucky for a gentleman like Alfred that’s had such an impressive life to have it mired on the age of 70 by this federal felony.”
Within the land of the free, you may be issued a rifle to kill individuals in overseas nations on the path of American politicians. Nonetheless, should you come dwelling and buy this identical gun to show to your family and friends, you can be sentenced to die in jail. And we nonetheless have the audacity to name this “freedom.”
“The person is a Silver Star winner, he saved lives, he took care of his spouse, he’s been in custody for a yr, I’d suppose that when a person turned 70 and is an American hero you don’t destroy the remainder of his life for one mistake,” mentioned Shackelford.