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District Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Offenses Involving Purchase of Fully Automatic Assault Rifle

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

            WASHINGTON – Clark Calloway, 39, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to possession of a firearm and to acquiring that firearm with the intent to commit assault, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

            Calloway pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to charges of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and illegal possession of a machine gun. Each of the charges carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and potential financial penalties. The Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan scheduled sentencing for Jan. 31, 2019.

            During the plea colloquy, Calloway admitted that while a subject of an undercover investigation, he agreed to purchase a fully automatic AK-47 for $250. At the time, Calloway stated that he wanted to use the AK-47 on white people. He acknowledged making numerous statements expressing support against non-Muslims, police officers, and white people.  He also acknowledged that he was a former Marine and a felon previously convicted of a felony.

            Calloway was arrested by the FBI on May 4, 2017 when he took delivery of the AK-47.  He has been in custody ever since.

            This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Assistance was provided by Paralegal Specialist Donna Galindo and former Paralegal Specialist Jorge Casillas of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tejpal S. Chawla and Jeffrey Pearlman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, with assistance from Trial Attorneys Justin Sher and Benita Corlett of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.


Updated October 19, 2018

Firearms Offenses
National Security
Press Release Number: 18-284