Despite the fact that ATF and NSSF have jointly run a program for years called Don’t Lie for the Other Guy, warning that straw purchasers face up to ten years in prison per gun, the Obama Department of Justice claimed as one of their reasons for gun-walking that it was too hard to get convictions of straw purchasers, and so they had to target the cartels themselves.
Well, the cartel buyers were actually FBI informants, and they got off Scot-free as hundreds of Mexicans were killed with walked guns, and the only person facing time thus far is one of the straw purchasers the DOJ said they couldn’t put in prison.
A Dallas County man linked to the murder of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata agreed to plead guilty to weapons violations.
Otilio Osorio, 22, of Lancaster, Texas, agreed to plead guilty Wednesday in federal court to three counts of a 21-count indictment against him.
Prosecutors say one of three guns found at the scene in Mexico where Agent Zapata was shot to death on February 15 was traced back to Osorio. Investigators believe he was the straw purchaser of the weapon, bought in Texas four months before the murder. As part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Osorio agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to make a false statement in firearms records and possessing a weapons with a removed serial number.
Seven other defendants in the case are also expected to enter guilty pleas. The maximum penalty for each count is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing dates have not yet been scheduled.
Note that they allowed him to plead out on just three of 21 charges, and he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison; reality is that he’s probably do 2-3 years.
Prosecutors cannot claim they don’t have the tools to do the job when they refuse to prosecute felons to the fullest extent of the law. The message they are sending is that you can sell a gun to cop-killers and get no stiffer of an actual prison sentence than you might for cock-fighting.