A husband and wife accused of lying while buying guns – one of which turned up in connection with a Twin Cities shooting – were sentenced Thursday.
Fausi Ibrahim Mohamed, 22 of Plymouth, was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison for conspiracy and providing false statements in the acquisition of firearms, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota announced. His wife, 23-year-old Sabrina Aweys Ikar of Rochester, was sentenced to three years of probation for her role in the conspiracy.
Both pleaded guilty.
According to documents filed in court, Ikar purchased six guns in five different transactions from Bill's Gun Shop in Robbinsdale, a licensed firearms dealer.
At the urging of her husband, Ikar knowingly lied during each purchase, stating she was the actual buyer of the firearms on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives forms, when she actually was transferring the firearms to Mohamed for his personal use, the attorney's office said.
The weapons later resurfaced in gun-related incidents, including a Minneapolis shooting in May of 2015 where a man was injured from a Glock 17 Gen 4 purchased by Ikar just four days earlier, according to the documents. Spent shell casings from the weapon were found at the scene.
Mohamed is the same inmate who was accidentally released from a jail managed by the Hennepin County sheriff's office in 2015, FOX 9 reported, a mistake that was deemed to be the result of human error.
He was being held in connection with the non-fatal shooting of his friend – an incident Mohamed said was an accident, Sun This Week reported.
The Star Tribune reported last summer that Mohamed was already being looked at by federal authorities in a straw purchasing case.