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Air Force launches review on criminal records of Texas gunman

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Texas Drivers License photo of Devin Patrick Kelly. Texas Drivers License photo of Devin Patrick Kelly.

The Air Force has launched a review of how the criminal records of Texas church shooting suspect and former Airman Devin Kelley were handled following his 2012 conviction for domestic violence and bad conduct discharge in 2014.

The Air Force said initial information shows Kelley's domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database by Holloman Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations.

Information concerning these convictions is supposed to be submitted to the FBI, then used used for background checks when purchasing firearms from federally licensed gun dealers. 

The domestic violence conviction should have disqualified Kelley from buying firearms. Texas authorities say Kelley bought four guns from 2014 to 2017. Two of those were bought in Colorado.

Kelley was court-martialed and convicted on two charges of domestic assault against his wife and stepson. He served 12 months in confinement at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, a military prison off the California coast. He was released with a Bad Conduct Discharge in 2014. 

According to the Court Martial order,  Kelley choked his wife with both hands, pulled her hair and kicked her body. Court documents state he pointed a loaded firearm at her in a separate incident. The documents detailed another time where Kelley pointed an unloaded firearm at his wife.

The documents also allege Kelley committed assault on his stepson, who was under 16 years old at the time. The documents said the child was struck in the head and body with a force likely to produce death or cause serious bodily harm. 

The Air Force Secretary and Air Force Chief of Staff directed a complete review of the Kelley case by the Air Force Office of the Inspector General after they learned his connection to the shootings in Texas.

The Air Force said it will also conduct a comprehensive review of Air Force databases to ensure records in other cases have been reported correctly. 

Authorities suspect Devin Patrick Kelley of brutally killing 26 people during a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He was later found dead. 

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