Thursday, November 29, 2012

AZMEX F&F EXTRA 29-11-12


Sentencing reset for man in Fast and Furious
By Associated Press
Originally published: Nov 29, 2012 - 8:53 am

PHOENIX -- A new sentencing date has been set for a man who admitted
being a straw buyer for a gun smuggling ring that was monitored in
the government's botched investigation known as Operation Fast and

Sentencing for Jonathan Earvin Fernandez was changed from Dec. 12 to
Dec. 10.

Fernandez pleaded guilty in May to a federal conspiracy charge and
faces up to five years in prison.

He admitted that he bought 49 guns for the ring and that he falsely
claimed that the weapons he bought were for him when they were
actually purchased for the ring.

Federal authorities faced criticism for allowing suspected straw
buyers to walk from shops with guns, rather than arrest suspects and
seize the guns there.

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