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A convicted felon from South Los Angeles pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal firearms charge for illegally possessing several firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Anthony Butterfield, 36, entered his plea in Los Angeles federal court to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 8.

On Jan. 7, Los Angeles police responded to a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon at 3748 Inglewood Blvd., the criminal complaint states.

Butterfield was verbally threatening a neighbor while pacing back and forth with an axe in front of his residence, authorities said. He then brandished a rifle, according to the complaint.

Butterfield was arrested and police executed a search warrant, which led to the seizure of two AR-type pistols, one 9 mm pistol, one suppressor, two body armor plates, narcotics laced with fentanyl and a cache of assorted magazines and ammunition from his South Los Angeles home, court papers show.

Butterfield was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to four previous felony convictions. According to the federal complaint, in September 2008, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon. In December 2013, he was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession or sale of a controlled substance. In February 2014, he was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, prosecutors said.

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