Devin Kelley’s domestic assault conviction should have prevented him from owning guns, but record was never entered into database

Over the course of nearly a year, Devin Kelley, the alleged Sutherland Springs church shooter, repeatedly hit, kicked and choked his wife. He allegedly threatened her multiple times with loaded and unloaded firearms. And he pleaded guilty to hitting their stepson, a young child, so hard that the blows put his life in danger, according to legal documents.

In 2012, Kelley, an airman at the Holloman air force base in New Mexico, was convicted by a court-martial on two charges of domestic assault and sentenced to a year of confinement. The domestic violence convictions were serious enough that, according to an air force spokesperson, he should have been prohibited from buying or owning firearms.

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