‘American Guns’ Reality Star Convicted Of Illegal Selling Of Firearms, Faces Up To 15 Years In Prison
Things are far from moving smoothly for 53-year-old American Guns reality star Richard Wyatt as he has been convicted of illegal selling of firearms.
Richard Wyatt was taken into custody immediately following the guilty verdict in Denver U.S. District Court last Friday March 10, 2017 afternoon and awaits sentencing at a later date.
Richard Wyatt was last week convicted of charges bordering on illegal selling of firearms and tax evasion and he faces up to 15 years in prison.
According to Fox News, the American Guns reality star- Richard Wyatt ran a Denver-area gun shop called Gunsmoke that was the setting for the Discovery Channel show for two seasons in 2011 and 2012.
However, he was found guilty last Friday of selling guns without a license and failing to disclose $1.1 million in income to the IRS after a trial in Denver Federal Court, The Denver Post reports.
The American Guns reality star lost his federal firearms license in 2009, and his lack of a gun license failed to stop him from negotiating a contract with the Discovery Channel to star in “American Guns,” according to the paper.
The American Guns reality star did 26 episodes of the show with his wife, two children and employees.
The report also has it that the contract earned Wyatt about $500,000, adding that agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided Gunsmoke in 2015, seizing 583 guns and ammunition.
Prosecutors claimed Wyatt kept selling guns without a license in a conspiracy with other gun shops that were licensed.
And Wyatt was caught in the act when two undercover ATF agents wore body cameras while they purchased four guns from Wyatt on three occasions, court records indicate.
But Wyatt’s lawyer said in 2016 that the ATF’s case was politically motivated.