Arizona ammo provider to Las Vegas bloodbath gunman will get jail time

An Arizona man who authorities mentioned offered unlawful tracer and armor-piercing bullets to the Las Vegas bloodbath gunman was sentenced to jail Tuesday, in line with a number of stories.

Douglas Haig, 57, of Mesa, will spend 13 months in federal jail for manufacturing ammunition with out a license, in line with Nicholas A. Trutanich, U.S. lawyer for the District of Nevada. Haig had pleaded responsible to the federal cost final November.

“This case arose out of the investigation into the Oct. 1, 2017, mass taking pictures on the Route 91 Harvest music competition in Las Vegas,” prosecutors mentioned. “Within the resort room from which the shooter staged his assault, investigators situated a field with a transport label setting forth Haig’s identify and tackle.”

Nonetheless, Haig was not accused of a direct position within the taking pictures that killed 58 individuals and injured greater than 850 — described because the deadliest mass taking pictures in U.S. historical past. Senior U.S. District Choose James Mahan imposed the sentence however separated Haig from the actions performed by the gunman, Stephen Paddock.

Paddock killed himself as responding regulation enforcement officers moved in on him, authorities have mentioned. His exact motivation for the taking pictures stays a thriller.

“The one who did that, who dedicated that reprehensible act, we are able to solely hope now that he’s being punished for eternity,” Mahan mentioned, in line with the Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal. “He’s escaped punishment on this earth.”

Protection lawyer Marc Victor added that Haig had no indication of the plans by the gunman.

“Doug was completely devastated when he discovered of the tragedy,” Victor mentioned.

Haig illegally offered varied varieties of ammunition between July 2016 and October 2017, courtroom paperwork confirmed, in line with Fox 5 Vegas. A fingerprint examination discovered his prints on two items of armor-piercing ammunition faraway from {a magazine} within the shooter’s resort room, prosecutors mentioned.

Brokers from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) performed a sequence of interviews with Haig, beginning on Oct. 2, 2017, the place he admitted to assembly the shooter and promoting him ammunition. Haig reportedly was not licensed to promote the ammunition and didn’t have a federal firearms license, prosecutors mentioned, in line with the station.

Brokers seized “tons of of rounds of ammunition and ammunition parts” on Oct. 24, 2017, after executing a search warrant at Haig’s residence. Ammunition or firearms-related gear was present in almost each room, together with a workshop they mentioned was transformed into an ammunition manufacturing operation that Haig was within the means of automating, in line with prosecutors.

He reportedly used the workshop to conduct a enterprise named Specialised Army Ammunition the place he offered the ammo on the web and at gun reveals across the nation. Paddock additionally bought the ammunition from Haig by the enterprise, which he closed completely following the FBI raid, the paper reported.

Victor had beforehand argued that as the one particular person to face a felony cost following the taking pictures, Haig couldn’t be pretty judged by a jury drawn from the trauma-scarred Las Vegas neighborhood. Mahan had ordered Haig, an aerospace engineer, to self-surrender to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) by Oct. 2, 2020.

In September, Haig’s attorneys are anticipated to ask the choose to think about the opportunity of the coronavirus pandemic leaving him prone to critical sickness earlier than he’s scheduled to start out serving his sentence, in line with the Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal. Mahan mentioned BOP officers can resolve whether or not Haig might serve a few of his jail time at house.

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