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‘American Guns’ reality star sentenced for selling firearms illegally, evading taxes

 

The stars of the reality TV show “American Guns” faces up to 15 years in prison after his conviction last week on firearms and tax evasion charges.

Richard Wyatt, 53, walked into a Denver-area gun shop called Gunsmoke, which was the setting for the Discovery Channel show for two seasons in 2011 and 2012.

He was found guilty Friday of the sale of weapons without a licence and failing to disclose $1.1 million in revenue to the TAX authorities after a trial in Denver Federal Court, The Denver Post reports.

Marshals took Wyatt into custody immediately after the jury announced its verdict.

Wyatt lost his federal firearms license in 2009, the paper reported.

His lack of a gun license did not stop him to negotiate a contract with the Discovery Channel to star in “American Guns,” according to the paper. The contract earned Wyatt about $500,000.

The plaintiffs claimed Wyatt continued the sale of arms without a licence in a conspiracy with other gun shops that were licensed.

Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided Gunsmoke in 2015, seizure 583 rifles and ammunition, the paper reported.

Wyatt’s lawyer said in 2016 that the ATF case was politically motivated.

 

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