A Buffalo man received a sentence that includes 57 months in prison after his guilty plea to a federal firearms-related charge, the U.S. attorney's office announced Friday.
Rasheen T. Alston, 23, of Wyoming Street, also was sentenced by District Judge John T. Elfvin to three years probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
The maximum penalty he faced was 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Alston had pled guilty last September to a charge related to illegal firearms purchases made on his behalf by four persons, whom he paid either with a small amount of drugs or money.
As a convicted felon, Alston could not legally buy a firearm himself. In a roughly one-month period of 1998, he had others buy a total of 12 firearms in their own names, but on his behalf.
According to the plea agreement Alston signed, he sold the firearms illegally on the street. Three of the firearms were purchased by people working with special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
One of Alston's buyers, Daryel Cotton, 34, of Richlawn Avenue, was indicted as a co-defendant in the case. He previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 months in prison and three years probation.