Fla. man guilty in scheme to buy stolen weapons


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:42 p.m.

MIAMI — A jury has convicted a Florida man of conspiracy in a scheme to buy hundreds of assault weapons and military gear for shipment to the Middle East.

Jurors in Miami deliberated only about 30 minutes Thursday before finding 24-year-old Yanny Aguila Urbay guilty. He faces up to five years in prison at a March sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say Urbay and a Palestinian man tried to obtain 300 weapons including AK-47 and M-16 assault rifles as well as silencers, grenades and explosive detonators. Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel of the West Bank pleaded guilty last month and will be sentenced in February.

An undercover federal agent posed as a weapons broker to make the U.S. case. No weapons were ever supplied.

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