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Man gets nearly 4 years in Fast and Furious case

Man gets nearly 4 years in Fast and Furious case

In this Jan. 25, 2011 picture, Bill Newell, special agent in charge of ATF Phoenix, speaks behind a cache of seized weapons in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

An admitted straw buyer was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his part in a gun smuggling ring that was targeted in the botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Julio Jose Carrillo was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison for his guilty plea this summer to a charge of dealing in firearms without a license.

Carrillo had admitted to buying 41 guns for the ring and falsely claiming that guns he bought were for him, when he actually purchased them for an alleged ring leader.

Federal authorities have faced tough criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers for the ring to walk away from gun shops in Arizona with weapons, rather than arrest the suspects and seize the guns there.

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