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Olympia man sentenced for illegal gun sales

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
March 19, 2012 9:41 pm

A 70-year-old Olympia man – who admitted to selling a gun that was later used to kill a Seattle police officer – was sentenced today to 18 months in prison on unrelated federal firearms charges.

David Devenny was convicted on one count of unlawfully dealing in firearms and two counts of selling a firearm to prohibited people.

He was arrested in November for selling guns to a convicted felon and someone with a domestic violence conviction. Devenny knew about the convictions but was unaware the people he sold guns to were working with authorities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found 42 guns and $32,000 in cash when Devenny was arrested.

Authorities said one of the guns Devenny illegally sold was used to fatally shoot Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton on Oct. 31, 2009. None of the charges Devenny was sentenced for today were directly related to the officer’s slaying.

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