A man who admitted Thursday in federal court that he shipped 12 fully automatic firearms to Buffalo from Alaska faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 22, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors said 26-year-old Benjamin Handley, of Homer, Ala., pleaded guilty to unlawful transportation of a machine gun before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Handley sold the machine guns – with their serial numbers obliterated – to an undercover agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to prosecutors.
The plea was the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Boston division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Alaska state troopers.