Note: could be very interesting to learn the rest of this story. PR
from US DOJ in Phx says he "bought" not "brought" the rifle. Will
be also very interesting to see how light this sentence will be.
Mexican national guilty in firearms case
by Brennan Smith - Feb. 1, 2012 06:38 PM
The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
A Mexican man pleaded guilty Tuesday to being an alien unlawfully in
possession of a firearm in a federal District Court in Phoenix.
Ramon Arturo Amaya-Salazar, 38, brought a .50-caliber Bushmaster
rifle into the United States under a non-immigrant visa on June 2.
Amaya-Salazar had been issued a border-crossing card that allowed him
to travel within 25 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border but not to
possess a firearm while in this country, said Bill Solomon, a
spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Amaya-Salazar could face 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both,
Sentencing is set for April 16.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/
Note: From last year
Mexican National Indicted On Unlawful Possession Of .50 Caliber
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 22, 2011
PHOENIX - A federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a one-count
indictment today against Ramon Arturo Amaya-Salazar, 38, a Mexican
national, for violation of being an Alien Unlawfully in Possession of
The indictment alleges that on June 2, 2011, Amaya-Salazar, while
present in the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, had
possession of a .50 caliber Bushmaster rifle. According to court
records, Amaya-Salazar was arrested after he allegedly supplied money
to straw purchasers to obtain the rifle from a Phoenix-area federally
licensed firearms dealer.
A conviction for one count of Alien Unlawfully in Possession carries
a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. In
determining an actual sentence, the assigned United States District
Court Judge will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which
provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not
bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.
An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with
criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is
presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury
that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution
is being handled by Robert K. Lu, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-03292-MJ-LOA
RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-123(Amaya-Salazar)