CHICAGO | A federal jury on Friday convicted a South Holland man of buying hundreds of high-powered firearms at Indiana gun shows and illegally selling them in Chicago without a federal firearms dealer license.
The gun shows were in Crown Point, LaPorte, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.
David Lewisbey, 23, faces up to 35 years in federal prison and a maximum of $1.25 million in fines. He was convicted of dealing firearms without a federal license and two counts each of illegally transporting firearms across state lines and interstate travel to sell guns without a license.
"This is one of the most significant gun-trafficking cases we have prosecuted and one that effectively ended a steady supply of potentially lethal weapons from Indiana to Chicago," Gary Shapiro, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
Lewisbey had no criminal record that disqualified him from buying firearms, the release states.
Between January 2008 and September 2012, Lewisbey routinely traveled to gun shows in Indiana and purchased duffel bags full of guns he took to Chicago. A government witness testified Lewisbey bought more than 100 firearms as well as dozens of high-capacity magazines at Indiana gun shows.
Between April 22 and 23, 2012, Lewisbey bought 43 guns in Indiana and delivered them in Chicago to co-defendant Levaine Tanksley, who, with two other co-defendants, sold them to an individual who was cooperating with federal agents, the release states. All of the guns were recovered by law enforcement.
Tanksley, 28, Charles Lemile, 27, and Michael Hall, 28, all of Chicago, each pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms as convicted felons and are awaiting sentencing.
Sentencing for Lewisbey is set for Dec. 10. According to the Associated Press, Lewisbey plans to appeal.