Blanchester man convicted of selling firearms to felons

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Blanchester man was convicted Friday on two counts of selling firearms to a felon.

Christopher Bradley, 38, was found guilty after a five day jury trial. He and his brother Shannon, 36, of Leesburg, were indicted in April of 2012 on multiple counts of selling firearms to felons.

Shannon Bradley previously pleaded guilty to one count, after obtaining guns from his brother, Chris Bradley, and then selling them to an informant.

According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart, Chris Bradley met with the same informant in February 2012, who repeatedly mentioned that he planned to resell the firearms in Cincinnati to "people that might need to use them and ditch them."

Bradley also mentioned he planned to sell them to people that were "protecting their dope houses and not getting killed."

Authorities say Bradley helped the informant carry six firearms and ammunition to the informant's car, as he told the informant to keep the guns and ammunition separated in case he were pulled over. Bradley sold seven more guns and ammunition to the same informant two days later.

According to Stewart, during a recorded phone call with Bradley, the informant again told Bradley that he had one felony on his record.

Authorities say Bradley sold a total of nine more guns and ammunition to the informant on March 9 and March 21, 2012.

Testimony further revealed that Bradley sold guns at gun shows many times and would routinely ask people if they were felons.

Bradley faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

He will be sentenced at a later date. His brother, Shannon, also awaits sentencing.

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