A Lorton man pleaded guilty on Jan. 15 to straw purchasing a firearm.
“Every straw purchased firearm is a gun that can wind up in the hands of a prohibited person,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We will continue to use federal firearms laws to prosecute straw purchasers and hold them accountable for their role in trafficking illegally purchased firearms. As I recently stated, the violation is our threshold—one straw purchased firearm on one occasion will be prosecuted. I want to commend the ATF for their leadership and commitment to investigating these important cases.”
According to court documents, Daquan Anthony Poindexter, 22, straw purchased a firearm from a federal firearms licensee (FFL) in Eastern Virginia for another individual. In making the purchase, Poindexter represented himself as the true buyer of the firearm, but immediately after he received the firearm he transferred it to the straw purchaser and was paid for making the purchase.
“This investigation demonstrates how criminals abuse laws governing firearm purchases,” said Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division. “Straw purchased firearms can end up in the hands of violent offenders and prohibited persons. If you lie when you buy a firearm, you will be held accountable.”
Poindexter pleaded guilty to making false statements with respect to the purchase of a firearm and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on April 10. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.