Man Who Sold Rifle To Odessa Shooter Sentenced To Federal Prison


LUBBOCK, TX -- After pleading guilty in October, the man who sold the AR-15-style rifle to the Odessa shooter has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Marcus Anthony Braziel, 45, of Lubbock had previously pled guilty to unlicensed firearms dealing and concealing the proceeds from weapons sales from the IRS.

Braziel was charged after investigators discovered he sold  Seth Ator the rifle used to kill 7 people and wound 25 others.

Ayor had previously been identified as "mentally defective" and was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. 

After being barred from buying a weapon at a sporting goods store due to his mental status, Ayor sought to purchase a gun from Braziel, who did not run background checks.

According to the law, background checks are not required for in-state private gun sales. But Braziel admitted he "engaged in the business of selling firearms.” 

He admitted to investigators to actively buying firing mechanisms and then using milling equipment to build them into guns.

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