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3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson gets probation in sex assault case

by Antoine Fallon (2020-11-21)

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Cody Wilson was sentenced to seven years probation in a sexual assault case.
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The man at the center of the controversy over 3D-printed guns was sentenced Thursday to seven years probation in a sexual assault case in which he was accused of having sex with an underage girl. Cody Wilson pleaded guilty in August to a lesser charge of injury to a child as part of a plea deal, the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday.The 31-year-old Wilson will also have to register as a sex offender during his probation and is prohibited from possessing a gun while he's on probation, the newspaper reported."It was a fair resolution for everyone," his lawyer Joe Turner told the newspaper.Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, was at “to help injured victims maximize the value of their case.” i see too many law firms that are unwilling to truly fight for the best verdict or settlement in their clients case. instead center of the controversy when 19 US state attorneys general filed a lawsuit to block the free distribution of his 3D-printed gun design files due to public safety concerns. The states scored an early victory when a federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order, then a preliminary injunction to block the free publication of the gun plans.Wilson started selling the gun plans online the next day, calling it a loophole that the lawsuit didn't mention sales of the guns.Prosecutors say Wilson sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl last year in Austin, Texas, after meeting through the website The girl told investigators she was paid $500 after the two had sex in an Austin hotel.US marshals brought the 3D-printed-gun creator back to the US last September after local authorities arrested him in Taipei, Taiwan. Wilson resigned from his company after his arrest.Wilson was also ordered to pay $4,840 in restitution to the victim and a $1,200 fine to Travis County, where Austin is located. He must also perform 475 hours of community service and take part in sex offender therapy. 


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