Alfred Pick is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam during the War. He earned a Silver Star for his actions, and was a prisoner of war for a period of time. He was also a gun collector. We say “was” because he is going to prison for more than 7 years because of an M14 that he purchased at a gun show back in the 1980s. At least that’s part of it.
The gun had never been out of its case, according to friends, and never been used in the commission of a crime. But it was special to Pick because it was similar to one he carried as an Army Lieutenant.
But the serial number was scratched out, and because it was a fully automatic weapon, the ATF had no sense of humor about it. Based on a tip they received last year, they raided his home just two weeks after his wife of 40 years died of cancer.
More to the story?
According to information presented to the court, Pick had repeatedly been cited for criminal trespass at various area hospitals for his aggressive behavior, involving both verbal and physical abuse of medical staff and impeding staff. The court also heard that police had been called on two prior occasions in 2014 to restaurant parking lots where patrons reported that Pick had been threatening and brandished handguns in encounters with him.
Also, Pick’s daughter reported to Pick had sexually abused her from the time she was 4-years-old until the age of 17, taking nude photographs of her to, as he put it, “chart her growth” and sexually assaulting her.
The court also received evidence that Pick threatened the Federal Magistrate Judge who detained him indicating he would fly his plane with explosives to kill the Judge and ATF agents who investigated his case. Pick also said he would “have taught the Las Vegas shooter a thing or two,” referring to the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting.
“Obviously, there was a lot more to the sentence that was received – a sentence that Mr. Pick and his lawyer agreed to – than a single gun with a missing serial number,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown. “Although Mr. Pick was a decorated veteran, he would use that status routinely to try to excuse his repeated criminal behavior. This was also not a mental health issue. It became a public safety issue.”
Pick served in over 100 combat missions during his service. He was once the President of his homeowner’s association. Many of his friends believed a lighter sentence should have been given. Other veterans said he should have known better than to buy an automatic weapon with the serial number scratched off. But it appears that the gun was only the excuse, and that his behavior was the root of the problem.
“He’s a really remarkable man to be honest. I do think it’s unfortunate for a gentleman like Alfred that’s had such an outstanding life to have it mired at the age of 70 by this federal felony.” Ryne Sandel, Pick’s attorney.
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