William James Burley, 33, faces prison time after being arrested for illegally possessing firearms, authorities said Monday, April 22, 2013.
Burley is currently being held in West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino awaiting preliminary trial after a sheriff’s deputy discovered weapons in Burley’s trunk at a traffic stop for expired tags in February.
Burley allegedly had a history of impersonating a Navy SEAL, and conned people out of money, according to Don Shipley, a former SEAL with 24 years of experience who tracked and attempted to out Burley in a Youtube video posted in December 2012.
Burley was ousted from a naval apprentice school for “bad conduct” according to a discharge from active duty notice provided to NBC4 by Shipley.
“He served mere months before getting the boot,” Shipley said.
Shipley interrogated William Burley in the Youtube video (Warning: graphic language) posted in December, asking him when he graduated, who he graduated with and why his certificate wasn’t signed by an officer.
Shipley accessed a roster of graduates while on the phone with Burley in the video, fact-checking each assertion Burley made.
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