Boise man sentenced for selling machine gun to undercover cop

Boise man sentenced for selling machine gun to undercover cop

A photo of the machine gun courtesy Nampa police

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 13 at 9:34 AM

BOISE -- A 38-year-old Boise man will spend nearly 4 years in prison after being convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm and transferring a firearm in violation of the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record.

Ronald Keith Alexander was sentenced on Monday to 46 months in prison along with three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to the two counts on May 2, 2013.

U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olsen said Alexander arranged the sale of a machine gun with a shortened barrel to an undercover Nampa police detective in December of 2012.

The exchange went down in the parking lot of a Boise Fred Meyer store.

According to court documents, Alexander's accomplice, Phillip Bernardino Chavez, presented the 7.62X25 Pioneer Arms Corporation rifle and bag containing three clips to the officer in exchange for $3,200.

Police arrested both Chavez and Alexander after the sale.

Chavez pleaded guilty on July 11, 2013, to illegal possession of a machine gun. He is set for sentencing on September 23, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.

Alexander is a felon with a previous arrest for robbery.

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