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Man gets 3 years for illegally selling gun that ended up in Elgin weapons stash

The stash including a grenade launcher, five automatic long guns, two live grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition, prosecutors say.

Multiple rifles, grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found during an Aug. 12, 2016, search of an Elgin storage unit.
A man was sentenced to three years in prison for illegally purchasing a gun that was found among several rifles, grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition during an Aug. 12, 2016, search of an Elgin storage unit.
Elgin police

An Ohio man has been sentenced to prison for illegally buying and selling a .50-caliber rifle later found by authorities in a west suburban storage unit filled with weapons, bullets and a grenade launcher.

Favio Velazquez, 40, agreed to a 3-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to a felony count of unlawful purchase of a firearm, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office announced Tuesday. Kane County Associate Judge David P. Kliment accepted the plea.

Velazquez purchased the Barrett .50-caliber rifle on Oct. 18, 2013, at 1st Class Firearms in Zion, prosecutors said. He signed federal firearms purchase records that stated he was buying the gun for himself.

Favio Velazquez | Kane County state’s attorney’s office
Favio Velazquez
Kane County state’s attorney’s office

Elgin police and Homeland Security Investigations agents found the rifle while executing a search warrant on Aug. 12, 2016, at a storage facility in the 600 block of Big Timber Road in Elgin, the state’s attorney’s office said. The storage unit had no connection to Velazquez and had been rented by Juan Mexicano of Addison.

The unit contained multiple other weapons, including a grenade launcher, five automatic long guns, two live grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said.

Mexicano pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon in January for stashing the guns in the storage locker, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

He is serving his sentence at the downstate Pinckneyville Correctional Center, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Juan Mexicano | Illinois Department of Corrections
Juan Mexicano
Illinois Department of Corrections

Velazquez will receive credit toward his sentence for one day served at the Kane County Jail before he was freed on $20,000 bail, prosecutors said.

Two other people, Dana J. Prouty and Ira A. Burdine, were charged along with Velazquez in connection with the gun sale. They have both since been convicted in Lake County court.

Dana Prouty | Kane County state’s attorney’s office
Dana Prouty
Kane County state’s attorney’s office
Ira Burdine | Kane County state’s attorney’s office
Ira Burdine
Kane County state’s attorney’s office

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