Posted: Nov 21, 2012 10:37 AM
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 12:05 PM
BROWNSVILLE - A former Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced for making false statements in a firearms record and to a federal agency.
Manuel Pena was sentenced to five years probation for each offense. The sentences will be served concurrently. The judge also ordered the 38-year-old to serve six months of home confinement.
He was convicted of the charges in August. Federal agents testified Pena bought a firearm at an Academy store in Brownsville, stating the weapon was for his own use, and then delivered the gun to someone else in exchange for money. They said this happened twice last December.
Evidence showed Pena lied to an FBI agent, when Pena was arrested in May. He said he had left the guns with a friend, when the FBI already had them in their possession.
Pena was a CBP officer for 12 years. The agency fired him as a result of the convictions.