Sun An-tso pleads guilty to a federal gun charge in court

Sun An-Tso pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge in court Tuesday and agreed to be permanently banned from the US.

Taipei, Aug. 29-An-Tso “Edward” Sun (孫安佐), an 18-year-old Taiwanese foreign exchange student , allegedly threatened a mass shooting at Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School earlier this year, has pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to illegal possessing ammunition while in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa.

Under federal law, as a student present in the United States on an F-1 visa – which is a nonimmigrant visa – without a hunting license, Sun was not permitted to possess any ammunition or firearms, authorities said.

Robert Keller, Sun’s lawyer, described his client as “a kid” who “did bad,” but who has owned up to his mistakes. Keller said Sun, the child of Taiwanese opera singer Di Ying (狄鶯) and TV drama actor Sun Peng (孫鵬), maintained that he was just joking, and regretted making the poor comments.

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said in a release Tuesday, “As I have stated before, however, parents and guardians are the first line of defense in these kinds of situations involving children’s access to firearms. It should be obvious that no child should be stockpiling an arsenal-orhave any access to firearms or other dangerous weapons-without their parents’ or guardians’ knowledge.”

Sun’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 11.

He faces a maximum possible sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release, according to federal officials.

Sun has agreed that upon completing his prison sentence, he is subject to immediate and permanent deportation from the United States, authorities said.