Two South Texas men were sentenced Thursday for their convictions of transferring machine guns, according to U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
A release stated Martin Guerra, 44, of Palmview, and Saul De La Garza, 46, of Sullivan City, pleaded guilty back on Nov. 25, 2019.
On Thursday, Patrick said that U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Guerra to 50-months in federal prison while De La Garza, who is a previously convicted felon, received a total of 78-months behind bars. Both men will serve three years of supervised release after serving their prison time.
Officials said that both men attempted to coordinate the sale of three machine guns, two Glock auto-switches and an AR-style rifle to undercover authorities. The men believed the weapons would ultimately be illicitly taken to Mexico. During the investigation, Guerra bragged that he would be able to provide as many weapons as desired. De La Garza said that he would be able to take firearms from Houston to the Rio Grande Valley and coordinated with Guerra to make the sale of the machine guns.
Patrick added that Guerra will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined while Garza was allowed to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender at a later date.