“I think you are an intelligent individual... but you have presented (poor) judgement and it’s scary,” Judge L. Lamont Wiggins said. “It’s scary to the jury and scary to law enforcement.”

A former Marine will serve up to 2.5 years in prison on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and possessing weapons of mass destruction.

Adam Richard Carey, of Richlands, was found guilty by jury in Onslow County Superior Court Friday and sentenced to between one year four months to two years four months in months prison followed by two years of probation upon release.

Preceding his sentence, Judge L. Lamont Wiggins addressed Carey and told him his behavior was dangerous.

“I think you are an intelligent individual... but you have presented (poor) judgement and it’s scary,” Wiggins said. “It’s scary to the jury and scary to law enforcement.”

Carey impersonated an officer by using red lights on his Dodge Charger and pulling someone over, according to defense attorney Kelly Neal.

He was also accused of possessing three flash-bang grenades, according to Neal.  The possession of these weapons were considered weapons of mass destruction.

Carey, who was an active duty Marine until being charged for the July 16, 2016 incident, was honorably discharged and lost his employment as a federal arms dealer.

Carey’s attorney, Ed Bailey, asked the judge for an appeal bond but was denied.

“He is certainly not a security risk, your honor,” Bailey said. “This is his home and he will be back.”

Carey was compliant as he was taken into custody, but requested to say goodbye to his family first.

The Carey family exchanged embraces over the bench before he was escorted out of the court room.