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Eastern District of California

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Stockton Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Selling Firearms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Donovan Torres, 21, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to illegally selling firearms, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on January 15, 2014, Donovan Torres participated in the illegal sale of three firearms to an undercover special agent working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Then, on January 31, 2014, Torres sold the agent a Masterpiece Arms MPA30, 9mm pistol for $1,350. And on February 13, 2014, Torres met with a second undercover ATF agent and sold him an Izhmash Saiga, .223‑caliber rifle for $1,600. These illegal gun sales all took place inside a residence in Stockton. Torres did not have a federal license to sell firearms.

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

Donovan Torres is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. April 9, 2015. He 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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Docket #: 2:14-cr-097-MCE
Updated April 8, 2015