- Associated Press - Saturday, August 8, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal prosecutors says a Las Vegas man could face prison time after pleading guilty to making a straw purchase of 10 semiautomatic rifles.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nevada says Ethan Erhardt, 37, pleaded guilty Friday and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13 by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan in connection with the February 2019 purchase.

According to the office, Erhardt falsely stated on a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives form that he was the actual buyer of the guns, though he knew he would turn them over to another person who provided $80,000 for the purchase.

The office said the case stemmed from an ATF investigation and is part of an initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

According to the office, the maximum penalty for illegal acquisition of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But the judge will decide Erhardt’s sentence based on advisory sentencing guidelines and other factors, the office said.



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