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Two Defendants Sentenced for firearms violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2012

United States Attorney Michael J. Moore, Middle District of Georgia, announces sentencing of Jeremiah Jenkins, age 28, and Christopher White age 22, both of Palm Beach County, Florida, which took place before the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia in Albany, Georgia, on November 1, 2012.
 
On June 14, 2012, a jury found Jenkins guilty of violating Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; 924(m), Theft of Firearms from a Licensed Dealer; 922(j), Possession of Stolen Firearms and 922(i), Interstate Transportation of Stolen Firearms.

At trial, the Government proved that Jenkins, with the assistance of others, broke into City Motor and Marine, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Donalsonville, Georgia, and stole 24 firearms from the store’s inventory.  One firearm was given to co-defendant White as payment for assisting them in their first attempted escape back to Florida with the firearms.  Agents recovered the firearm in White’s possession at a motel in Donalsonville.  Three other firearms were recovered in Palm Beach County, Florida, in other unrelated criminal investigations.

Prior to committing this theft, Jenkins had been convicted in Palm Beach County of Burglary of a Dwelling in 2003 and Burglary of a Structure in 2004.  Judge Sands sentenced Jenkins to serve 405 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  Jenkins was also ordered to make restitution to City Motor and Marine and its insurance carrier.

On May 21, 2012, White plead guilty to a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Prior to his possession of the Smith and Wesson .22, White had been convicted in Palm Beach County of Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person.  Judge Sands sentenced White to serve 63 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Donalsonville Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Leah E. McEwen.

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