A Denver man has been sentenced to greater than three years in federal jail for a smash-and-grab theft of a Littleton gun retailer wherein 13 AR-15 type rifles have been stolen.
Justin Vigil, 31, was sentenced to 39 months in jail adopted by three years of supervised launch, in line with a U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace, District of Colorado, information launch.
On January 18, 2018, Vigil and 5 others, burglarized Murdoch’s gun retailer after throwing a rock by way of a glass window to realize entry, the discharge mentioned. The burglars spent three minutes within the retailer. That very same night investigators served a search warrant on the Denver residence of Jonathan Estrada.
Estrada, a co-defendant within the case, was sentenced in February to eight years in federal jail.
“Prosecuting gun crimes is a high precedence for my workplace and the Division of Justice,” mentioned U.S. Legal professional Jason Dunn, within the launch. “The theft of 13 AR-15 type rifles causes a considerable neighborhood security concern as a result of they seemingly find yourself within the arms of violent criminals, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations.”
In 2019 there have been 135 firearms stolen in 9 separate burglaries in Colorado, in line with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives statistics. In 2018, there have been 64 firearms stolen in eight separate burglaries; and in 2017, there have been 427 firearms stolen in 28 separate burglaries.
The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court docket Choose Robert E. Blackburn. A number of native regulation enforcement companies assisted the ATF within the investigation.