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Gun Dealer Sentenced to 10 Months

March 4, 2000

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ A gun dealer was sentenced to 10 months in prison Friday for selling two guns used by a white supremacist in a shooting rampage last summer that killed two people and injured nine others.

Donald Fiessinger, 65, could have received up to five years in prison for selling guns without a license. Prosecutors, however, acknowledged his cooperation in the investigation of the shooter, Benjamin Smith.

The shooting spree began July 2 in the Chicago area. Smith killed Ricky Byrdsong, a former Northwestern University basketball coach, wounded six Orthodox Jews and shot at an Asian-American couple, who were not hit.

On July 3, Smith fired at Asians and blacks in three other Illinois cities, wounding three people. On July 4, he killed an Asian student in Bloomington, Ind., before killing himself later that day.

A Bryco .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a .22-caliber handgun were found with Smith’s body after he committed suicide. Fiessinger admitted selling those guns to Smith.

Fiessinger already had been under investigation. The day before Smith began his rampage, federal agents searched Fiessinger’s house and seized 27 guns.

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