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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Illinois

www.justice.gov/usao/iln

For Immediate Release

September 20, 2013

Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney

Contact: Everett McKinley Dirksen
(409) 981-7902
everett.dirksen@usdoj.gov

South Holland Man Convicted of Illegally Dealing Hundreds of Guns He Trafficked From Indiana Gun Shows and Sold in Chicago

CHICAGO ― A federal jury today convicted a south suburban man of buying hundreds of high-powered firearms at guns shows in Indiana and illegally transporting them to Chicago where he sold them without a federal firearms dealer license. The defendant, DAVID
LEWSIBEY, was found guilty by jurors who deliberated several hours yesterday and today after
a two-week trial in U.S. District Court.

Lewisbey, 23, of South Holland, was convicted of dealing firearms without a federal
license and two counts each of illegally transporting firearms across state lines, and interstate
travel to sell guns without a license. He faces maximum penalties of 10 years in prison on each
count of interstate travel, and five years in prison on each of the other three counts, and a
maximum $250,000 fine on each count. U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman scheduled
sentencing for Dec. 10. The judge must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and
the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

“This is one of the most significant gun-trafficking cases we have prosecuted and one that
effectively ended a steady supply of potentially lethal weapons from Indiana to Chicago,” said
Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. He announced the
verdict with W. Larry Ford, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, the Chicago Police Department, and the Illinois State Police assisted in the
investigation.

Evidence at the trial showed that between January 2008 and September 2012, Lewisbey,
who had no criminal record that disqualified him from buying firearms, routinely traveled to
various gun shows in Indiana and purchased duffle bags full of guns that he brought back to
Chicago. A government witness testified that he personally observed Lewisbey buy more than
100 firearms, as well as dozens of high-capacity magazines, at Indiana gun shows.
The evidence further showed that during just one 48-hour period, on April 22-23, 2012,
Lewisbey bought 43 guns in Indiana and brought them to Chicago, where he delivered them to
co-defendant LEVAINE TANKSLEY, who with two other co-defendants, sold them to an
individual who was cooperating with ATF agents. All of those guns were recovered by law
enforcement.

Tanksley, 28; CHARLES LEMLE, 27; and MICHAEL HALL, 28, all of Chicago, each
pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms as previously convicted felons, and are awaiting
sentencing.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Parente and
Bethany Biesenthal.

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