U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash on Friday sentenced Jeffrey Martin Colon Moore, 26; Crystal Davis, 26; and Danny Bill Davis, 56; all of Canton, and Alexander Quinn, 36, of Oakland, Calif.
Acting U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the ring helped Moore, a convicted felon, illegally purchase firearms through straw purchases.
Some of the guns Moore sold were recovered in the possession of a juvenile, an armed robbery suspect on parole, a convicted felon gang member and drug traffickers as well as at two shooting crime scenes.
"These defendants will now pay the price because they deliberately circumvented the law and placed law-abiding citizens at risk," she said.
Moore was sentenced to eight years in prison. His girlfriend, Ms. Davis, was sentenced to 1 years of house arrest, as was her father, Davis. Quinn was sentenced to one year in prison. All additionally face probation sentences.
Moore allegedly recruited Ms. Davis and Davis, who is a wheelchair user, to buy at least 65 firearms for him. He accompanied them to 12 federally licensed firearms dealers and at least two gun shows in the Atlanta area where he pointed out the firearms he wanted and gave them the cash needed.
The firearms were then shipped by a next-day delivery service to Quinn in California to be sold illegally.
One of the federally licensed firearms dealers became suspicious of the volume, frequency and nature of the purchases and contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Investigators with the ATF learned Moore was convicted in California of felony car theft. They then agreed to make an undercover sale of a firearm to Moore. When he showed up to purchase the firearm, ATF agents arrested him and discovered he had another firearm on him.