PHOENIX — A new sentencing date has been set for a man who admitted to
participating in a gun smuggling ring that was being monitored as part of the
federal government’s botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
The sentencing date for Dejan Hercegovac was moved from June 25 to Aug. 13.
Hercegovac had pleaded guilty in April to a charge of conspiracy.
He admitted buying 31 guns for the ring and saying that the guns were for him
when he was actually making the purchases on behalf of the ring.
He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Federal authorities have faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun
buyers to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than arrest the suspects
and seize the guns there.