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Man Who Sold Rifle Used In Newtown Shooting Faces Sentencing

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a gun shop that legally sold a rifle to the Newtown school shooter’s mother is facing sentencing for unrelated federal firearms violations.

David Laguercia is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Bridgeport. He pleaded guilty to transfer of a firearm before completing a background check and failure to maintain firearms records.

Prosecutors say an investigation found about 300 examples of false or misleading information in Riverview Gun Sales records.

Riverview legally sold a Bushmaster rifle to Nancy Lanza, whose son, Adam, used it to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

His attorney is seeking a short period of probation, saying his transgressions stemmed from how he ran his business and that he never intentionally put someone at risk.

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