WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — One of two Warren brothers was sentenced Tuesday on charges that they illegally sold firearms without licenses at a Warren flea market.
Henry Walker, 60, was sentenced by U.S. Dirstrict Court Judge John Adams to five years probation, with one year on house arrest. Walker must also wear a location monitoring device and pay for the service.
Walker and his brother, Ricky Walker, 54, pleaded guilty in June to charges of conspiring to defraud the U.S. through selling unlicensed guns and possessing unregistered firearms.
Sentencing for Ricky Walker was continued until Nov. 5.
Charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and having firearms with obliterated serial numbers were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
The two were indicted as part of a massive crime sweep by federal, state and local agencies that targeted Trumbull County crime.
The indictment alleges the Walkers sold 31 guns illegally from September 2011 until March 2012, including at least one with an obliterated serial number.
The brothers often bartered with prospective buyers, trading the guns for furniture and other property. They sold handguns, rifles and shotguns and one bayonet, the indictment says.
The indictment said the brothers sold nine guns on Sept. 7, 2011 and sold 22 guns on Oct. 20, 2011.
Ricky Walker, according to a search of court records, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on April 4 for grand theft. He was previously sentenced in 2010 to five years probation on convictions for receiving stolen property and possessing criminal tools.
Authorities refused to say where the flea market where the Walkers allegedly sold guns from was located.
But a June 2011 police report says Walker told police he beat a potential robber in the head with a baseball bat inside his office at 125 Fulton St. S.W.
Walker at the time told police he saw a man near the cash register with a bag of coins in his hand, but told officers he didn’t believe the man had a weapon.
Reports said Walker reported that the man with the coins charged at him and he grabbed a baseball bat and hit the man in the head once. The man dropped the coins and fled.
Officers reported finding blood droplets in the building and collected DNA evidence and said they would review surveillance cameras in the business’ parking lot. Reports said the burglar got into the building by breaking a window on the northwest corner of the building.