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Alleged Firearms Manufacturer Known As ‘Dr. Death’ Arrested, Indicted

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A man known as “Dr. Death” has been arrested and indicted on charges of illegally making guns.

According to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner’s office, 45-year-old Daniel Crowninshield has been manufacturing unlicensed firearms out of a metal shop in North Sacramento, C&G Tool. Prosecutors allege that Crowninshield was not conducting background checks, enforcing waiting periods or completely firearm transaction paperwork correctly.

Further, the D.A.’s office notes, Crowninshield himself cannot legally own firearms due to a prior conviction on a domestic violence charge.

ATF agents arrested Crowninshield in Sacramento Friday.

Crowninshield was allegedly making lower receivers for AR-15s and other guns using “sophisticated computer-controlled machines,” the D.A.’s office writes. The part, which holds the mechanical parts of a gun, is automatically considered a firearm even if no other pieces of a gun are attached.

“These unmarked firearms used in violent crime make it difficult if not impossible to trace back to the perpetrator of the offense,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl in a statement.

Crowninshield is said to have been known by his online moniker of “Dr Death.”

Numerous agencies contributed to the investigation into Crowninshield, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives, the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms, the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

If convicted of the charges, Crowninshield faces maximum sentences of 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine for each of the seven firearms possession charges. Further, he faces 5 years in prison and a $250,000 for the firearms manufacturing charge.

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