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Manassas Woman Pleads Guilty to Purchasing More Than 31 Handguns in 15 Days

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Kimberly Yvette Dinkins, 44, of Manassas, Va., pled guilty today to purchasing 31 handguns from three Virginia gun shows to resell for profit.

            Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and James Newman, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

Dinkins pled guilty to dealing firearms without a license and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when she is sentenced on May 3, 2013.

            According to a statement of facts filed in court, Dinkins purchased 31 firearms – all handguns – on three consecutive weekends from Nov. 17 through Dec. 1, 2012. She purchased 13 handguns at a gun show in Chantilly, Va., nine at a gun show in Richmond, Va., and nine at a gun show in Hampton, Va. Dinkins was not a federally licensed dealer of firearms; however, Dinkins was unemployed and purchased the handguns with the intention of selling them for profit.

This investigation is being conducted by ATF’s Washington Field Division.  Special Assistant United States Attorney L. Rush Atkinson and Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

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