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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Sayler A. Fleming, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 15, 2023

Cape Girardeau Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Possessing Machine Gun

CAPE GIRARDEAU – U.S. District Judge Matthew T. Schelp on Monday sentenced a man from Cape Girardeau, Missouri who was caught with a fully automatic Glock pistol to 51 months in prison.

Kaydence K. Robertson, 21, was driving a speeding vehicle that was pulled over by the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 23, 2022. A deputy found a backpack on the floor of the front driver’s side of the vehicle containing marijuana, suspected crack cocaine and a .45-caliber Glock pistol modified with an illegal 3D-printed “switch” to make it fully automatic. Under the driver’s seat, the deputy found pills containing oxycodone and a loaded 9mm Glock pistol.

Glock switches, sometimes referred to as “auto sears,” are considered machine guns under federal law, even if not installed in a firearm.

Robertson pleaded guilty in February to one count of possession of a machine gun.

The case was investigated by the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Shelton is prosecuting the case.

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