FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2006
STAN FORD FOUND GUILTY OF SELLING MACHINE GUN
JURY ACQUITS DEFENDANT ON OTHER CHARGES
DENVER - Bill Leone, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, and Richard C. Powers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Denver Office, announced that STAN TARAN FORD, age 35, of Denver, Colorado, was found guilty of illegally selling a machine gun. The guilty verdict came following a seven (7) day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn. The jury deliberated for one and a half days (1½) prior to reaching the guilty verdict. The jury acquit the defendant on other similar charges.
FORD was charged by Criminal Complaint on November 21, 2005. He was subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on December 19, 2005. He is free on bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for September 29, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
According to the indictment and subsequent testimony during the trial, FORD knowingly and unlawfully possessed and transferred an Olympic Arms, Mini-16 machine gun machine gun (Count 3), immediately prior to his arrest.
FORD faces up to 10 years imprisonment for the federal felony conviction of selling a machine gun, as well as up to a $250,000 fine.
In a separately filed case, FORD still faces a 25 count indictment alleging that he engaged in the business of selling firearms without a license. That case is pending.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FORD was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph Mackey and Robert Brown.