Chicago felon known as ‘Batman’ gets 7 years for selling over 75 guns

A Chicago felon was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for illegally brokering the sale of more than 75 firearms.

According to a U.S. attorney’s office news release, 33-year-old John Thomas, also known as “Batman,” was involved in at least 23 transactions in which a total of 77 guns were sold. The firearms sold included rifles, handguns, and shotguns, some of which had obliterated serial numbers.

Thomas pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of dealing firearms without a license.

He admitted in his plea deal that he would either purchase the firearms himself and then sell them to other individuals or would arrange illegal gun sales in exchange for a fee. Some of the people Thomas sold the guns to were working with law enforcement, and Thomas was also not allowed to possess firearms as a convicted felon.

One of the sales went down on July 23, 2014, when Thomas arranged a meeting between an anonymous man, Jamel Davis, and an individual cooperating with law enforcement. The sale of two .38-caliber revolvers took place in Davis’ garage on the south side of Chicago. Davis was convicted last year of being a felon in possession of a firearm and caught two years in prison.

The case was the result of a larger federal investigation that has taken over 100 illegal firearms off Chicago’s streets.