Founder of Anti-Gun Group Pleads No Contest to Weapons Charges


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romma
January 18, 2008, 10:34 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,323727,00.html




LOS ANGELES A former gang member who founded an anti-violence group called No Guns has pleaded no contest to federal weapons charges.

Hector "Big Weasel" Marroquin, 51, and co-defendant Sylvia Arrellano, 25, entered pleas Thursday for three counts of manufacture, distribution and transport for sale of an unlawful assault weapon.

Arrellano also pleaded no contest to machine gun conversion and possessing a silencer and acknowledged that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

She was given until Tuesday to surrender for sentencing and would likely be sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.

Marroquin attorney Patrick Smith did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Thursday. No phone listing was available for Arrellano.

Marroquin was arrested in June at his Downey home following a nine-month investigation into weapons sales by the 18th Street gang, to which he once belonged.

Arrellano was arrested at a Cudahy home as a result of the same investigation

Marroquin founded No Guns in 1996, ostensibly to reduce gang and gun violence. The group received $1.5 million from the city as a subcontractor on anti-gang efforts but its contract was canceled last year after authorities learned that Marroquin had hired relatives, including his son, Hector "Little Weasel" Marroquin.

The son is an acknowledged 18th Street gang member who pleaded no contest in June 2007 to home-invasion robbery and was sentenced to nine years in state prison.

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Intrepid Dad
January 18, 2008, 10:43 AM
Marroquin founded No Guns in 1996, ostensibly to reduce gang and gun violence. The group received $1.5 million from the city as a subcontractor on anti-gang efforts but its contract was canceled last year after authorities learned that Marroquin had hired relatives, including his son, Hector "Little Weasel" Marroquin.

Who gives $1.5 million to a guy named "Big Weasel" and has a son named "Little Weasel"? Seems to me like they could've see it coming. :scrutiny:

Phil DeGraves
January 18, 2008, 10:49 AM
He should have named the group "No Guns For Potential Victims".

romma
January 18, 2008, 10:50 AM
Who gives $1.5 million to a guy named "Big Weasel" and has a son named "Little Weasel"?

Apparently the city of Los Angeles! :barf:

Mr White
January 18, 2008, 10:57 AM
I wonder if I could convince them to give me $1.5M to help get guns off the streets? Can you imagine how many guns I could get off the streets and into nice, soft, warm safes in my house for 1.5M??? I'll call my group "No Guns on the Streets".

Steve N
January 18, 2008, 01:41 PM
Sounds like Big Weasel is still a gangsta'.

LKB3rd
January 18, 2008, 01:50 PM
He should have named the group "No Guns For Potential Victims".

Sounds like this is exactly what he was going for. Not a lot different than the hypocrites in government who travel with armed guards, but want to disarm all of the slaves.. er, i mean citizens.

LAR-15
January 18, 2008, 08:20 PM
Home made silencer?

Or sweet potato?

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