Federal prosecutors announce guilty plea against Lubbock man connected to Odessa mass shooting

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FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, law enforcement officials process the crime scene from Saturday’s shooting which ended with the shooter, Seth Ator, being shot dead by police in a stolen mail van, right, in Odessa, Texas. Within minutes of media outlets identifying the gunman who killed seven people in West Texas, a Twitter account was spreading false information linking the shooter to Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. The speed of the misinformation again illustrates the eagerness of some to baselessly blame mass shootings on particular political ideologies. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

LUBBOCK AND DALLAS – Federal prosecutors scheduled a press conference in Dallas for Wednesday afternoon. Prosecutors would not reveal details of the plea before the press conference but did tell EverythingLubbock.com that the plea is “related to” the Lubbock area, our sister station in Lubbock, KLBK, reports.

“On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox will announce a guilty plea in a firearms case,” a statement said.

US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox announced charges against Marcus Anthony Braziel of Lubbock related to the mass shooting in Odessa. Federal prosecutors accused Braziel of selling a gun to Seth Ator without a federal firearms license.

Seven died and many more were wounded. Police returned fire on Ator and killed him at the conclusion of the August 2019 mass shooting.

Braziel was accused of selling to four prohibited persons — that is to say people who were legally forbidden from purchasing firearms.

Braziel was also charged with violating tax laws. Prosecutors said he accepted a plea deal but the paperwork was not yet available on the federal court system as of the time of the press conference.

Prosecutors said not every sale of a firearm needs a federally licensed firearms dealer. But if there is a pattern of sales for profit, then, prosecutors said, a license is needed.

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