LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A judge has sentenced an Alabama man
acquitted of selling world-famous guns at inflated prices to two
years in prison for tax evasion.
Michael K. Salisbury, his wife and another man were cleared of
fraud and other felony charges by a jury in January. But Salisbury
was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of failing to pay taxes.
Salisbury had a close relationship with Louisville millionaire
Owsley Brown Frazier, a great-grandson of the founder of liquor
giant Brown-Forman. Frazier enlisted Salisbury to help him build a
world-class gun collection.
Salisbury was cleared of charges he sold Frazier antique guns at
Judge Charles Simpson sentenced Salisbury to 24 months and one
year of supervised release. Salisbury must also pay a $25,000 fine.
Attorneys for Salisbury argued that he does not deserve any
prison time. They say they plan to appeal the sentence.
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