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Montgomery Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Aiding and Abetting False Statements in Connection With Firearms Purchases

April 9, 2010

Montgomery, Alabama - Eugene Jones, III, age 30, of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced on April 8, 2010, in United States District Court to two years in federal prison for aiding and abetting the making of false statements in connection with purchasing firearms from federal firearms dealers, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today.

Jones pled guilty to aiding and abetting another individual in making false statements on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Form 4473. Form 4473 must be filled out and submitted by any purchaser of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer so that an instant background check may be run on the purchaser. Providing false information on Form 4473 is a violation of federal law. The form requires the purchaser to state whether or not he is the true purchaser of the firearm. Jones pled guilty to aiding and abetting a purchaser who lied on a Form 4473 by falsely stating that he was the true purchaser of the firearm, when he was not. The false Form 4473 was filled out and submitted for a purchase of multiple handguns from a pawn shop.

Jones was sentenced to serve two years in prison and to serve three years on supervised release by reporting to a federal probation officer after his release from prison. There is no parole from federal prison.

The case was investigated as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Middle District of Alabama’s Alabama ICE programs, aimed at preventing violent crime and the illegal possession of firearms. According to United States Attorney Leura G. Canary, “The purpose of providing correct information to firearms dealers is to ensure that firearms are not sold to criminals and others prohibited from possessing firearms. When individuals lie on these forms, it becomes possible for firearms to end up in the hands of such prohibited persons, who may use them to commit serious crimes.”

This case was investigated through the joint efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) and the Prattville Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Shepherd.


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