Gilbert man sentenced to 33 months for unlicensed firearm dealing

Nov 21, 2022, 4:15 AM

(Pexels Photo)...

(Pexels Photo)

(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX — A man from Gilbert was sentenced to 33 months in prison last month after previously pleading guilty to dealing firearms without a license.

Chris Oliver, 24, was indicted for buying guns at Arizona stores to resell them illegally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona said in a press release.

He and three co-defendants — Dion Delpino of Gilbert, Michael Troy Kelly Jr. of Tempe and Eric Roy Rathbun of Chandler — were charged with 76 counts of making false statements while purchasing firearms.

Delpino, Kelly Jr. and Rathbun are pending sentencing, according to the release.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives law enforcement agency, Homeland Security Investigations, the Commercial Narcotics Interdiction Unit of the Phoenix Police Department and the Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert and Scottsdale Police Departments investigated the case.

The investigation found that Oliver and his co-conspirators bought at least 123 firearms, mostly handguns, for the purpose of resale between July 2019 and November 2020.

Thirty handguns they allegedly sold were recovered by law enforcement, most of which from prohibited possessors. Six were allegedly recovered in separate homicide investigations.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell  is cracking down on organized retail crime with a new cam...

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announces 3 more organized retail crime charges

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell announced charges against three defendants involved in Organized Retail Crime (ORC).

36 minutes ago

(Facebook photo/Gilbert Regional Park)...

David Veenstra

3 Valley cities among the top 5 fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

A personal finance website found three Valley cities are among the top five fastest-growing cities in the nation.

47 minutes ago

There are no scheduled freeway closures this weekend. (Flickr Photo/ADOT)...

No scheduled closures on metro Phoenix freeways for 2nd straight weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is over but that doesn't mean the closures on metro Phoenix freeways are starting up.

56 minutes ago

Amkor Technology's Telok Panglima Garang (FIZ), Selangor facility.
(Photo provided by Amkor Technol...

David Veenstra

Amkor announces $2 billion facility in Peoria for packaging Apple chips

Amkor Technology will spend $2 billion to build a new advanced semiconductor packaging and test facility in Peoria.

1 hour ago

person crying at memorial honoring victims of Bosnian war...

Arizona resident who lied about role in Bosnian war sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison

An Arizona resident who lied about his role in the Bosnian War was sentenced on Tuesday to over five years in federal prison.

9 hours ago

Dignitaries, including U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, center, break ground on the new ...

Associated Press

Work resumes on $10B renewable energy transmission project in southwestern Arizona despite tribal objections

Federal land managers briefly halted work on the SunZia transmission line earlier this month after Native American tribes raised concerns.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @KTAR923...

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.


Dierdre Woodruff

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.


Desert Institute for Spine Care

Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) wants to help Valley residents address back, neck issues through awake spine surgery

As the weather begins to change, those with back issues can no longer rely on the dry heat to aid their backs. That's where DISC comes in.

Gilbert man sentenced to 33 months for unlicensed firearm dealing