A Tucson felon nabbed in a 2005 FBI cocaine sting that targeted corrupt military personnel is headed back to federal prison, this time for repeatedly violating a ban on firearms possession.
Marc Ryan Shipley, 34, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson by Senior District Judge David C. Bury. Shipley had previously been found guilty at trial of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.
The firearms ban against Shipley resulted from his 2007 convictions in the FBI's sweeping public corruption probe known as Operation Lively Green, which led to convictions of more than 70 soldiers, airmen, police and border officials who agreed to transport cocaine for what they thought was a drug cartel.
Shipley was not in the military but "falsely purported to be serving in the Arizona Army National Guard," when the FBI arrested him in 2005 for conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official and interference with commerce by extortion.
He was sentenced in that case to two years in prison, a $3,000 fine, and three years of supervised release and was banned from firearms possession as a consequence of the felony conviction.
That didn't stop him from carrying firearms, the U.S. Attorney for Arizona said in a news release Thursday.
In March 2016, Shipley entered Benson Justice Court with a handgun and was removed by courthouse security. Later that same month, he was in an automobile accident and was armed with a pistol in a holster on his hip and another firearm in his vehicle, the news release said.
A month later, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive who arrived to question Shipley found another loaded pistol in his vehicle.
They then obtained a search warrant for his house and found eight more firearms, 1,754 rounds of ammunition, and several high capacity firearm magazines, the news release said.