2 Minnesota men sent to federal prison for illegal gun purchases

Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) – Two Minnesota men have been sent to federal prison for their part in a “straw buyer” scheme to provide firearms to people who are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

The Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office said Geryiell Walker, 23, and Jeffrey Jackson, 32, worked with Sarah Elwood, 34, to illegally purchase nearly 100 firearms between May 2020 and May of the year last. It was alleged that the trio made the purchases from various federal firearms license holders on behalf of convicted felons or others seeking to acquire firearms while avoiding the national background check system. .

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Walker was sentenced to five years in prison while Jackson was sentenced to four years in prison. Elwood is expected to be sentenced in September.

A news release says 18 of the illegally purchased guns were recovered by local and federal law enforcement officials from crime scenes or in the possession of people legally prohibited from possessing them. The arrests and convictions of Walker, Jackson and Elwood are the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Blaine Police Department.

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