U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Western District of Washington
Western District of Washington
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 2, 2011
Jenny A. Durkan, United States Attorney
Contact: Emily Langlie
Four Washington State Men Indicted For Unlicensed Dealing at Gun Shows
One Defendant Sold Gun Later Used in Murder of Seattle Police Officer
SEATTLE – Four Washington State men have been charged in three separate indictments by a federal grand jury following a lengthy undercover investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into illegal firearms sales at gun shows. Late last week, a federal grand jury in Seattle returned indictments against Roy Alloway, 56, of Belfair, Wash., for unlawful dealing in firearms. Kenneth Gussoni, 55, of Bremerton, Wash., and Mark Skiles, 46, of Belfair, were indicted for conspiracy to unlawfully deal in firearms and one count of unlawful dealing in firearms. Gussoni is also charged with possessing an illegal silencer and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. David Devenny, 68, of Olympia, Wash., was indicted for unlawful dealing in firearms and two counts of selling firearms to a prohibited person. Devenny was arrested in November 2010, following the sale of a gun to a prohibited person working with law enforcement.
Gun shows are legal, but funneling illegal gun sales through gun shows is not, said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
Illegal gun sales allow guns to get in the wrong hands and block our ability to trace guns used in violent crimes.
The indictments allege the men were purchasing hundreds of guns from Federal Firearms Licensed Dealers (FFL) and selling them at various gun shows. According to the indictment, Alloway purchased nearly 400 guns from three different FFLs between January 2005 and November 2010 and then sold guns to undercover ATF agents at three different gun shows in 2009.
The indictment also alleges Skiles and Gussoni purchased approximately 117 guns from licensed dealers in 2009 and 2010, and repeatedly sold firearms to undercover agents at six different gun shows in Monroe, Centralia and Puyallup, Wash. According to the indictment, Devenny purchased about 60 firearms in 2009-2010 and sold guns to undercover agents at gun shows in Centralia and Puyallup and from his home in Olympia.
When a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer sells a weapon, he is required to fill out certain forms and conduct a background check. These forms help law enforcement trace guns subsequently used in crimes. The forms are not filled out by private sellers at gun shows.
In the course of the investigation 229 guns were seized, including three machine guns. Agents also seized military grade explosives, grenades, a silencer and tear gas pen guns. The indictment seeks to forfeit these items to the government.
ATF will continue to actively investigate and pursue those who feed the illegal supply of guns that impact our streets, threaten innocent lives and endanger our communities, said ATF Special Agent in Charge Kelvin Crenshaw.
Devenny was arrested in November 2010 for selling a firearm to a convicted felon. As detailed in the November 2010 criminal complaint, working with the ATF, the Seattle Police notified Devenny that a gun previously owned by him was used to murder Officer Timothy Brenton on Oct. 31, 2009. Devenny allegedly sold the gun at a gun show in Puyallup. Investigators believe the gun was sold one week before Officer Brenton was killed. Devenny stated he remembered selling the gun at a gun show in Puyallup, but did not recall who purchased it. The shooter, Christopher Monfort, goes on trial for aggravated murder this year.
The defendants have been summoned to appear for arraignment in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Wash., on May 9, 2011.
The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.