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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stockton Man Pleads Guilty to Dealing Guns without a License


SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Johnny Torres, 22, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to dealing firearms without a license, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Torres sold five firearms to an undercover agent at a house in Stockton. On January 15, 2014, Torres sold three firearms to the undercover agent for $1,200: a .22-caliber Ruger Mark 1 pistol, a 9 mm Hi-Point pistol, and a 9 mm KEL-TEC P11 pistol. On February 20, 2014, Torres sold the undercover agent the following firearms for $550: a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun and a short-barreled Ruger 10/22 rifle. Torres never had a license to sell firearms.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith is prosecuting the case.

Torres currently is out of custody. Co-defendants, Donovan Torres, Melissa Torres, and Sally Evans are also out of custody pending trial. Co-defendant Jorge Magana is in custody pending trial.

Torres is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. on February 5, 2015. Torres faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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