ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for illegally possessing firearm “switch” devices.

Javaughn A. Hixson, 23, was sentenced for selling four of the devices, also known as “Glock switches,” in Rockford from October to December of 2020. Each conversion device is designed to convert a firearm into a machine gun capable of automatically firing more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger.

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