- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery man convicted of illegally selling firearms over the Internet has been sentenced to prison time, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Michael Albert Focia, 48, was sentenced to 51 months for dealing firearms without a license and for two counts of selling firearms to people who lived outside of Alabama.

Focia made the sales in areas of the Internet that aren’t easily accessible to the public, prosecutors said.

An affidavit filed by federal officials in January said agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives saw a posting that advertised handguns for sale on an online network that conceals users’ identities.

Officials said an undercover ATF agent agreed to purchase a gun in August 2013 and received a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun and two magazines two days later. Investigators tracked down the gun’s original owner and determined that he had sold the firearm to Focia and still had the man’s contact information.

Investigators said another undercover agent ordered a firearm from Focia online in October 2014. The agent told Focia to ship the gun to a post office box in Newark, New Jersey, and a United States Postal Service inspector confirmed that the gun had arrived there. Authorities said a postal service forensic examiner pulled latent prints from packaging materials that matched Focia’s.

Focia used false addresses and aliases when he sent the packages, investigators said. Authorities have said he also made false declarations and packaged guns to look like computer hard drives when they were being shipped.

Investigators determined that Focia sold at least 32 guns, some of them to international buyers.

Focia was found not guilty of a count of interference with communications systems.

A judge on Tuesday denied his motion for a new trial.

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