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Crime Texas man who sold AR-15 rifle used in 2019 Midland-Odessa mass shooting pleads guilty to dealing firearms without license

04:50  08 october  2020
04:50  08 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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A spree shooting occurred in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa on August 31, 2019 , when a gunman shot multiple people from a vehicle. Eight people were killed, including the perpetrator, and 25 people were injured, including three police officers.

The alleged gunman who killed seven people and injured more than 20 in Odessa and Midland in western Investigators are also trying to determine how Ator obtained the AR -type weapon he used in the Ator pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 24 months of court

LUBBOCK, Texas — The man who sold the AR-15 rifle used to shoot 32 people in the West Texas towns of Midland and Odessa last year has pleaded guilty to a gun crime, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox announced Wednesday in a Justice Department news release.

a truck that is driving down the road: The hijacked U.S. Postal Service vehicle in which the 36-year-old shooter was killed on Aug. 31, 2019, after being chased by officers from neighboring cities Midland and Odessa, Texas. © Sue Ogrocki/AP The hijacked U.S. Postal Service vehicle in which the 36-year-old shooter was killed on Aug. 31, 2019, after being chased by officers from neighboring cities Midland and Odessa, Texas.

Marcus Anthony Braziel, 45, of Lubbock, pleaded guilty to one count of dealing firearms without a license and one count of subscribing to a false tax return before U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix on Wednesday.

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“If you’re a firearms dealer — whether you’re selling out of a brick-and-mortar store, in your basement, or online — you must ensure that a background check is conducted on your purchasers,” said Cox.

Braziel entered a guilty plea roughly a month after surviving family members of the mass shooting filed a separate lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages against both Braziel and an arms manufacturer.

The lawsuit, which claims the AR-15 used by the mass shooter was illegally obtained through Braziel and manufactured by Anderson Arms, seeks "to hold accountable the actors that manufactured, profited from, and supplied the firearm that was used in the shooting."

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that the gunman in Saturday’s mass shooting in Midland and Odessa had previously failed a gun purchase background check and did not go through a background check to buy the gun used in Saturday’s incident. Abbott’s tweet did not say why the

Seven people were killed and 22 injured in a mass shooting in Odessa , Texas , on Saturday afternoon, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke told reporters at a Sunday press conference, which included Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Gerke confirmed the gunman used an AR -style weapon, but refused to say

Surviving family members said they also hoped "by imposing accountability on the defendants for their negligence and violations of the law, that they might prevent future gun violence and future gun deaths in Texas, and beyond," according to the petition.

In plea papers, Braziel admitted he sold Midland-Odessa shooter Seth Aaron Ator an AR-15-style rifle on Oct. 8, 2016, according to the release. Ator used the same weapon to murder seven people and wound 25 others nearly three years later.

On Aug. 31, 2019, before law enforcement ended the shooter's life with gunfire of their own, he left a trail of grief for the families of his victims: Leilah Hernandez, 15; Mary Granados, 29; Joseph Griffith, 40; Rodolfo “Rudy” Arco, 57; Kameron Brown, 30; Edwin Peregrino, 25; and Raul Garcia, 35.

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Officials determined Ator was “mentally defective” and therefore legally prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the Justice Department news release. He first attempted to purchase a gun from a sporting goods store, but was rejected after the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) flagged his mental status.

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Ator was able to circumvent the NICS system by purchasing a gun from Braziel, who elected not to run background checks on any of his buyers, according to the release.

a police car parked on the side of a road: Odessa and Midland police and sheriff's deputies surround a white van in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, after reports of gunfire. © Tim Fischer, Midland Reporter-Telegram via AP Odessa and Midland police and sheriff's deputies surround a white van in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, after reports of gunfire.

“As this case makes clear, dealing firearms without a license isn’t some obscure, technical violation. It is unlawful conduct that has real-world impact and the potential for devastating results," Cox said in the release. "The Justice Department is committed to enforcing our nation’s long-held gun laws, designed to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands.”

In addition to selling firearms without a license, Braziel admitted he concealed the income from his firearms sales from the IRS.

Justice Department officials said Braziel faces up to five years in federal prison. His sentencing has been set for in January 2021.

John Tufts covers enterprise and investigative topics in West Texas. Send him a news tip at JTufts@Gannett.com.

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This article originally appeared on San Angelo Standard-Times: Texas man who sold AR-15 rifle used in 2019 Midland-Odessa mass shooting pleads guilty to dealing firearms without license

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