SAN FRANCISCO -- A Berkeley man who admitted to possessing explosive components and a converted .38-caliber handgun has been sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison, the U.S. Attorney for Northern California announced Thursday.

Emoru Oboke Obbanya was sentenced by Chief District Court Judge Claudia Wilken on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. Obbanya pleaded guilty following an indictment that charged him with possessing a firearm not identified by a serial number and possession of a firearm in the form of components from which a destructive device may be readily assembled, Haag said.

Berkeley police served a search warrant at Obbanya's residence in July 2009 and found a loaded flare gun that has been converted into an operable .38-caliber handgun, court documents said. No serial number was present on that gun; it had not been registered, and Obbanya had not applied for or received permission from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make it.

Officers also found ammunition and bomb-making materials in Obbanya's bedroom.

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