A second Tempe man has been found guilty of conspiracy in the illegal purchase of AK-47-style guns at a January 2010 gun show in Phoenix.
John Saliba Shahin, 25, was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of conspiracy to make false statements in the acquisition of firearms and aiding and abetting the making of false statements in the acquisition of firearms.
The verdict follows the June 2 conviction of Jessie Lee Harris, 22, also of Tempe, on charges of making a false statement in the acquisition of firearms and conspiracy to make false statements in the acquisition of firearms.
Harris bought eight Romanian Draco pistols on Jan. 24, 2010, using cash and claiming to be the actual purchaser, when in fact he was recruited and paid about $400 to buy them by Shahin, who had bought two of the same model at the show the day before. Investigators also say Shahin and Harris conspired with another Tempe man to make another cash purchase of 10 of the guns from a show several months later.
A conviction for making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of five years prison, a $250,000 fine or both. U.S. District Court Judge Neil V. Wake will determine actual sentences.