BROWNSVILLE, Texas – 39-year-old Juan Sauceda, a Harlingen resident, has been found guilty of lying on a federal firearm application.
On September 6, 2018, Sauceda attempted to purchase a shotgun at a Walmart in Harlingen. He was required to fill out ATF Form 4473 in order to complete the purchase, and on the form, he attested that he had never had a felony conviction.
A background investigation revealed that he had a conviction for two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. In 2013 Sauceda has stabbed two individuals during a dispute in Oklahoma.
The defense tried to convince the jury that Sauceda was too uneducated to understand the form when he made the false statement.
The jury found him guilty as charged and he faces up to five years in prison with a possible $250,000 fine.