A 51-year-old Locke man faces up to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally selling handguns and ammunition, often hiding the items in hard cover books with secret compartments.
David Crandall, of 858 Main St., admitted in Cayuga County Court Thursday that he illegally sold 11 handguns, including revolvers, to an undercover officers working with the state police's gun investigation unit between June and September.
Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Rome Canzano said Crandall sold the guns for more than $2,000, and that 30 more handguns were found in Crandall's home, Canzano said.
Many of the guns were revolvers or semi-automatic pistols between .22 calibers and .32 calibers, Canzano said.
Crandall acquired many of the guns from out-of-state. Canzano said.
"With the recent increase in gun related violence, it is important that those providing the illegal guns be stopped and brought to justice," Canzano said in a press release. "Thankfully this gun trafficker was apprehended before any of these guns were used to harm innocent people."
Crandall faces up to eight years in prison and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced for the first-degree criminal sale of a firearm on Feb. 17. Crandall will also have to pay restitution for the money used to purchase the guns during the investigation.
Canzano said Crandall's conviction wraps up one of the county's largest illegal gun investigations.