Tuesday, November 20, 2012

AZMEX EXTRA 20-11-12


Note: yet another very light sentence, probation and has to stay home.

CBP officer sentenced to probation in firearms case
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 9:40 am | Updated: 3:30 pm, Tue
Nov 20, 2012.
Mark Reagan | The Brownsville Herald

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced
Monday to five years probation for straw-purchasing firearms.
Manuel Pena, 38, was convicted in August on two counts of making a
false statement in a firearms record and one count of making a false
statement to a federal agency, United States Attorney Kenneth
Magidson said in a press release.
Pena will also serve six months under house arrest.
During his trial, a Homeland Security Investigations agent testified
that he saw Pena buy firearms from an Academy Sports and Outdoors
store on two occasions in December 2011 and deliver the weapons to
another person in exchange for money, Magidson said.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of
Texas, Pena filled out a weapons-purchase form stating that he was
buying the guns for his own personal use.
Pena was arrested May 24.
He told investigators at the time of his arrest that he bought the
guns for hunting at his deer lease, and that he had used them and
then left them with a friend, Magidson said.
But the FBI had the weapons, which "clearly were straw-purchased for
another person," Magidson said.
Pena had been a CBP officer for 12 years and the charges are
unrelated to his official duties. He was fired by CBP as a result of
the conviction, Magidson said.

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