Sentencing reset for man in Fast and Furious case

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A new sentencing date was set for a man who bought rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent and participated in a smuggling ring that was monitored in the botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Jaime Avila Jr. will be sentenced Dec. 12.

Two rifles bought by Avila were found in the aftermath of a 2010 shootout that killed Agent Brian Terry.

Avila faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to gun charges.

He admitted to falsely claiming the weapons he bought were for him, when they were actually purchased for the ring.

Federal authorities faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers to walk away from gun shops with weapons, rather than arrest the suspects and seize the guns there.

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