Shamrock man sentenced for machine gun charges

Shamrock man gets time for machine guns


he Shamrock man who was building hand grenades in a small trailer and was the victim of an explosion that took his hand was sentenced Friday for owning two machine guns.

Scott Leavitt plead guilty to possessing two converted machine guns. Leavitt converted a Century International Arms, M72 and a Thompson 1927 A1 in fully automatic machine guns.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson sentenced Leavitt to serve three years of supervised release after he has served 21 months in federal prison. Leavitt is also required to get mental health counseling.

On August 14 at about 10:30pm, Wheeler County Deputies arrived at a RV Park outside of Shamrock. Deputies found Leavitt with a shredded left hand and other wounds from an explosion.

ATF and the Amarillo Police Bomb Squad were called to the scene and found 22 lbs. of explosive materials.

Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the a small trailer.

It is unknown if other charges are pending.

Leavitt's left hand was amputated by doctors.