Mackenzie Hunter

One of three men accused of selling a handgun used in the Trolley Square massacre pleaded guilty to charges and admitted that he sold the weapon to shooter Sulejman Talovic for $800.

Mackenzie Hunter, 20, appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday to plead guilty to a felony count of possessing a firearm by a drug user and a misdemeanor count of selling a firearm to a juvenile.

Hunter faces up to 10 years in federal prison when sentenced on Jan. 14.

Hunter is the second man recently to admit to helping sell the gun to Talovic. Brenden Taylor Brown, 21, pleaded guilty to selling a firearm to a juvenile last week. He was sentenced to 12 months' probation.

The two men, along with Matthew Hautala, are accused of making the sale in June or July 2006 in the parking lot of a McDonald's.

In court Thursday, Hunter admitted he sold the .38 special handgun to Talovic for $800.

Hautala is scheduled to stand trial next Monday.

Talovic used the gun and a shotgun to go on a shooting rampage inside the Trolley Square Mall on Feb. 12, killing five people and wounding four others. Talovic was 17 at the time the gun was sold to him.

Another man, Westley Wayne Hill, is charged with selling Talovic a shotgun. He is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 26.

Hunter remains in federal custody pending sentencing after a federal magistrate judge found him uncooperative with court supervising agents and that he tested positive for marijuana.


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