Joe Biden has made his hostility towards the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans a matter of public record, from his repeated vow to ban the most commonly-sold rifles in the country to his naming a staunch gun control advocate as his choice for ATF director. But while the Biden administration has the right to keep and bear arms in its crosshairs, Biden’s Department of Justice continues to take a softer approach to dealing with violent criminals and even gun traffickers.
Back in April, the DOJ was quick to announce that it had secured guilty pleas from three California men accused of illegally trafficking “unlicensed and illegal firearms” including a number of switches that convert semi-automatic firearms into fully-automatic weapons. The case against the men was strong, and included buys from undercover law enforcement agents. Despite the abundance of evidence, the DOJ offered the three men a plea deal instead of taking the case to trial, where each conviction could have resulted in a five-year federal prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
Oddly, I can’t find any DOJ press release about the sentence the three men actually received back in August; maybe because two of the three gun traffickers got away with nothing more than probation. It wasn’t until this week that the details of the soft sentences were reported by local media in the San Francisco area, with the the East Bay Times shedding some light on the punishment, or lack thereof, for the defendants.
Troy Elias Walker was sentenced to three years in federal prison, while his co-defendants David Michael Rembert and Dajit Kamal Singh each got five-year probation terms, court records show. The sentences were handed down in August by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, but have not been previously reported.In undercover purchases and raids, federal authorities seized 86 firearms during the investigation of the three defendants, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo. They also found Instagram messages where Walker is alleged to have offered a $1,500 bounty for a person who stole one of his guns, writing that he wanted to “kill him and his whole family and eat cereal in his bed,” prosecutors said.“The offense conduct here is extremely serious,” assistant U.S. Attorney Abraham Fine wrote in a sentencing memo for the defendants. “Not only were many of these weapons untraceable, Defendants also sold devices that increased the lethality of weapons by making them fully automatic.”