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Sentencing reset for man in Fast and Furious case

Sentencing reset for man 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)

A new sentencing date has been set for a man who admitted being a straw buyer for a gun smuggling ring that was monitored in the government’s botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Sentencing for Jonathan Earvin Fernandez was changed from Dec. 12 to Dec. 10.

Fernandez pleaded guilty in May to a federal conspiracy charge and faces up to five years in prison.

He admitted that he bought 49 guns for the ring and that he falsely claimed that the weapons he bought were for him when they were actually purchased for the ring.

Federal authorities faced criticism for allowing suspected straw buyers to walk from shops with guns, rather than arrest suspects and seize the guns there.

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  1. If this guy goes to prison for 49 guns what should be done with Bill Newell who is responsible for those 49 plus 1700 others? The Department of Justice Inspector General’s report confirmed what the whistle blowers said two years ago, that there never was any attempt to track those guns. Bill Newell had been SAC of the previous Operation Wide Receiver when it was shut down because guns had been lost. Newell therefore was well aware even before starting Fast & Furious that they had no way to track anything in Mexico and Newell refused requests from field agents who wanted to interdict those smugglers before they crossed the border. There never was any intention to do anything at all except to wait for police to recover those guns from crime scenes. The sole purpose of the operation was to compile data on how guns move thorough the underground system and he simply did not care who died for that data. He is guilty of at least several hundred counts of conspiracy to murder and in a just society his hanging would be public as a message to other cops who think themselves above the law.

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