Crest Hill man, sister charged in alleged gun-buying conspiracy
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org May 2, 2013 12:04PM
Updated: June 4, 2013 6:23AM
A felon from Crest Hill had his sister buying guns for him in Missouri, federal prosecutors say.
Richard “R.J.” Carrino, 28, and his sister, Angela M. Carrino, 24, were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday for making “straw purchases” of firearms, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher McFadden said.
Richard Carrino, who is barred from owning guns because he is a felon, sent money to Angela between November and February to have her buy guns he wanted from licensed dealers near her home in O’Fallon, Mo., according to court records.
After Angela, who has no criminal record, bought five guns, she shipped them to Richard, who sold three of them to an undercover agent he believed also was a felon, the indictment said.
The agent reportedly bought two .45-caliber semiautomatic Hi-Points and a 9 mm Hi-Point C-9.
After wiring money from Romeoville to his sister in December, Richard Carrino sold one of the .45s the next month, along with two boxes of ammunition, for $500.
McFadden said Richard Carrino was arrested April 3. He has pleaded not guilty but remains in federal custody without bail while awaiting trial.
Both siblings face conspiracy charges. Richard Carrino also is charged with three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm. Angela Carrino is charged with three counts of illegally transferring a firearm across state lines.
The conspiracy count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Each count of illegally transferring or possessing firearms carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, and a maximum fine of
$250,000 on each count.
Richard Carrino has been convicted of illegally owning a handgun three times in the last 11 years. According to Illinois Department of Corrections reports, he was released on parole in June from a three-year sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in Will County. He also has previously served time for drug possession, residential burglary, shoplifting and theft in Will, DuPage and Cook counties, records show.