Denver firefighter convicted of illegally selling machine gun |

Denver firefighter convicted of illegally selling machine gun

DENVER – A firefighter who argued that an undercover agent pushed him into illegally dealing in weapons was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of selling a machine gun.Stan Ford, 35, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.He was acquitted on two other counts of illegally selling machine guns and one count of removing the serial number from a handgun. The jury deliberated nearly two days after a seven-day trial.Ford was arrested in November. An arrest warrant affidavit said he tried to acquire sensitive military communications systems and night-vision goggles from a military base in Colorado Springs.The affidavit described Ford as having ties to an unnamed domestic terrorist organization and anti-American sympathies.Ford’s attorney, Peter Bornstein, vehemently denied those allegations. No terror-related charges were filed.U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn scheduled sentencing for Sept. 29. Ford, who is free on bail, has been suspended without pay from his firefighter job.During closing arguments Monday, prosecutor Joe Mackey told the jury that Ford’s story contradicted testimony from most witnesses.Bornstein argued that Ford was hounded by the undercover agent for more than a year until he agreed to sell the guns. Ford had testified that he felt cornered because he admired the undercover agent as a father figure.”My better judgment just didn’t exist,” Ford testified during the trial.Mackey said Ford could have refused to sell the guns.Ford faces another trial on 19 counts of selling firearms without a license. Each of those counts is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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