Man Pleads Guilty in Straw Purchase Case
The gun was later seized by police following a Jan. 2012 standoff in Telford.
A Telford man has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally provided a gun to a friend who later became involved in a standoff with police.
CBS Philadelphia reports that Samuel Sofia, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing false information during the purchase of a gun.
Prosecutors said the purchase of the bolt-action rifle from a Bucks County gun shop took place two days after Sofia's friend, Emilio Sciortino, had tried and failed to purchase a firearm.
According to PhillyBurbs.com, Sciortino was ineligible to purchase a gun because of his past mental health history, which included an involuntary commitment.
After obtaining the gun from Sofia, Sciortino held his wife hostage and fired "warning" shots at police from his Telford home on January 10, 2012. The gun Sciortino fired during that standoff was reportedly not the one purchased by Sofia.
Sciortino later pleaded guilty to assault and weapons charges and awaits his own sentencing.