Brother, sister from Gordon convicted of federal gun charges

A Gordon brother and sister have been convicted in federal court in Atlanta on charges of lying to a firearms dealer so they could buy guns illegally, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Barbara Cleveland, 52, bought five handguns on the same day in August 2008 and claimed the guns were for her.

A jury determined that she bought the guns for her brother, 42-year-old Hassan Awali, who is a convicted felon not allowed to possess firearms, according to a news release.

To convince the dealer to sell the guns to her, Cleveland lied on paperwork. Three of the guns, including a semiautomatic handgun with a laser sight, were found weeks later at New Jersey crime scenes, according to the release.

Awali and Cleveland are scheduled for sentencing in July. Both of them could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.