For Immediate Release
Monday, November 7, 2016
, United States Attorney
Wifredo A. Ferrer
Contact: AUSA Assigned
Sebring Resident Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Dealing Firearms on Facebook
Field Division: Miami Field Division
A Sebring resident was sentenced to federal prison, for dealing firearms without a license and making a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Brandt Schenken, Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
Bryan Grover Marley, 60, of Sebring, Florida, previously pled guilty to one count of dealing firearms without a license, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(a)(1)(A); and one count of making a false statement to a firearms dealer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(a)(6). United States District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg sentenced Marley to one year and one day of imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release. In addition, Marley agreed to forfeit 17 firearms that had been seized by ATF during the investigation.
According to filed documents and statements made in court, between July 2015 and April 2016, Marley advertised the sale of firearms through multiple Facebook postings. Marley did not have a federal firearms license and unlawfully sold over 170 firearms, including small handguns and AR-15 assault rifles. Marley acquired firearms from licensed firearms dealers and sold them for a profit to people who responded to his listings on Facebook. When Marley bought the firearms from a licensed dealer he falsely indicated on firearms transaction forms that he was the actual buyer, when in fact he was making the purchases on the behalf of his customers. On multiple occasions, Marley sold firearms to individuals who were prohibited from possessing firearms because they were either a convicted felon or had a prior conviction for domestic violence. Four prohibited persons have been indicted for unlawfully possessing the purchased firearms.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ATF. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel E. Funk.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.