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British Special Forces Sniper Given Suspended Sentence for Gun Possession

Convicted of possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and 338 rounds of ammunition


SAS sniper Danny Nightingale has been given a suspended sentence by a military court for illegal possession of a pistol and ammunition.

It is the second time the 38-year-old, from Crewe, Cheshire, has been sentenced after his original conviction was overturned on appeal.

He was given two years' detention suspended for 12 months at a court martial hearing in Bulford, Wiltshire.

Nightingale was convicted at his retrial earlier this month.

His original conviction for possessing the Glock 9mm pistol and 338 rounds of ammunition in his accommodation, near the SAS's Hereford headquarters, had been overturned on the basis he had been placed under "improper pressure" to plead guilty.