Federal Judge Slaps Gun Dealer For Illegal Weapon Sales

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

I reckon Judge Staton just slapped you...
An Orange County federal judge showed no patience with a dope-loving, convicted felon who sold three firearms to undercover government agents in 2012 and handed him a high-end punishment based on sentencing guidelines.

Brandon Fitzpatrick entered U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton's courtroom on Aug. 15 with three prior felony convictions and watched federal prosecutor's recommendation of a 33-month sentence turn into a 41-month prison punishment.

In addition to Fitzpatrick's substance abuse--daily marijuana, methamphetamine and alcohol intake, the defendant has a history of violence against his mother, according to federal law enforcement records.

The weapons involved in the defendant's illegal sales operation in Stanton included a .22 Magnum caliber pistol, AR-422 High Standard Apache model rifle and a GSG-522, 22 LR caliber rifle.

Fitzpatrick signed a guilty plea in March in exchange for the government dropping three of the four charges contained in a January 2014 federal grand jury indictment that included accusations that he also possessed counterfeit currency.

In 2011, he received a 24-month prison sentence stemming from a state drug possession case but served only five months in custody, according to incarceration records.

Fitzpatrick--who was born in 1981--remains today in the custody of U.S. marshals in Orange County and is awaiting transfer to a federal prison.

It is illegal for convicted felons to possess weapons.

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fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Unfortunately, as long as there are folks who wish to acquire weapons illegally there will always be someone who is willing to supply them.


Perhaps he should have raffled them off and gave a portion to the FOP


The title is misled, he is not a gun dealer. A gun dealer is licensed by federal ATF Agency and California Department of Justice. I bet R. Scott Moxley will not pass the tough background check to become a gun dealer. LOL

vegandawg23 topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog Not sure what your point is. The police raffle is not done by convicted felons and the police raffle winner will have to pass the same background check as anyone buying a gun at turners or big 5.

rscottmoxley topcommenter

@shallnotlie HeHeHawHaw! After you get a life, please know that this person was arrested for DEALING GUNS--hence, dear pal, the accurate headline. Yes, yes, I know you want to feel superior as you cowardly bark from a fake name perch, but perhaps you should do so after somebody--a below average elementary school student?--teaches you how to spell simple words. 

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