A federal jury has convicted a man for selling an untraceable AR-15 rifle to a felon in a grocery store parking lot in Deerfield.
A jury in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Thursday convicted Joseph Ghandour of selling or disposing of a firearm to a convicted felon who could not lawfully possess a firearm.
Ghandour, 31, of Glenview, sold an AR-15 rifle to a convicted felon in the parking lot of an undisclosed grocery store in Deerfield on July 28, 2017, according to an indictment.
The rifle was considered a “ghost gun” because it contained no identifiable serial number and had been manufactured by another individual from parts collected from various sources, prosecutors said.
Unbeknownst to Ghandour, the felon who bought the rifle was cooperating with law enforcement at the time of the sale.
The charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of ten years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis has scheduled a sentencing hearing for June 22.
“Disrupting illegal firearms trafficking is a centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s cross-jurisdictional strike force aimed at reducing gun violence,” said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois in a statement.
“As part of the Chicago firearms trafficking strike force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in the Northern District of Illinois and across the country to help stem the supply of illegally trafficked firearms and identify patterns, leads, and potential suspects in violent gun crimes,” the statement said.