Thursday, December 1, 2011



Note: The pattern of light sentences continues.

3 men land in prison for straw purchasing scheme
December 01, 2011 9:35 AM
Jared Taylor
The Monitor

McALLEN — Three area men will serve prison time after they lied on
federal forms when purchasing firearms.

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced Weslaco resident Miguel
Gomez, 20, Mercedes resident Arturo Jilpas, 23, and Daniel Infante De
Leon III, 24, of Donna, at a hearing Tuesday afternoon in federal court.

Gomez and De Leon each received 37-month prison sentences. Jilpas was
sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison. Each man also will
serve a three-year term of supervised release after completing their
prison time.

The three men each pleaded guilty to charges that they broke federal
firearms laws when they lied on a form submitted to the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Such acts are commonly known as "straw purchasing," when a person
submits false information on the ATF form when purchasing a gun,
typically for someone who cannot legally possess a firearm.

Agents found the men purchased "multiple highly trafficked firearms,"
with at least one recovered in Mexico, prosecutors said. The ATF
investigation revealed the men had straw purchased 13 guns for the
same recruiter.

Jared Taylor covers courts and general assignments for The Monitor.
He can be reached at and (956) 683-4439.

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