PHOENIX — Two men are set for sentencing Monday in Phoenix for their
acknowledged roles as “straw buyers” for a gun-smuggling ring that was
monitored in the government’s botched investigation known as Operation Fast and
Jacob Anthony Montelongo and Sean Christopher Steward each face up to five
years in prison when they’re sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Teilborg.
Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy and admitted to falsely claiming that guns
they bought were for them, when they were actually purchased for the ring.
Steward also pleaded guilty to making false statements in a gun purchase, while
Montelongo pleaded guilty to dealing guns without a license.
Investigators faced criticism for allowing suspected straw buyers to walk from
shops with guns, rather than arrest suspects and seize the guns there.