The Air Force announced on Monday that it did not share records on the Texas church shooter’s 2012 domestic-violence-related court-martial with the FBI’s firearms background-check system, allowing him to pass numerous background checks over several years to obtain at least four firearms.
“Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database by the Holloman Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations,” Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokesperson, told the Washington Free Beacon.
The shooter, 26-year-old Devin P. Kelley, was court-martialed in 2012 for what Stefanek told the Washington Free Beacon was “assault on his spouse and assault on their child.” He was sentenced to 12 months in military prison for the assault and received a demotion to the Air Force’s lowest rank. His assault resulted in serious injuries to the child in question.
“He assaulted his stepson severely enough that he fractured his skull, and he also assaulted his wife,” Don Christensen, a retired colonel who was the chief prosecutor for the Air Force, told The New York Times. “He pled to intentionally doing it.”
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