New Smyrna Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Trafficking in Firearms
ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. yesterday sentenced Michael Alvin Carter (61, New Smyrna Beach) to 51 months in federal prison for knowingly selling firearms to a convicted felon and knowingly selling stolen firearms. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the firearms he had sold, specifically a Norinco SKS rifle, a Ruger Mini-14 rifle, a Mossberg 500A shotgun, a Yugo M58/66 7.62 caliber rifle, an H&R shotgun, a Magnum Research Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun, a Ruger .357 SP101 revolver, and a Smith & Wesson Model 642-2 Lady Smith revolver.
Carter pleaded guilty on November 25, 2014.
According to court documents, in June 2012, Carter sold six firearms to a person that he knew was a convicted felon, but who, unbeknownst to Carter, was working with the FBI. A few weeks later, Carter sold two additional firearms that he knew had been stolen to an FBI undercover officer. During the sentencing hearing, the Court found that Carter had known that firearms he was selling would be used unlawfully by other persons.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S. Ambrose.