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Press Release

Final Defendant Sentenced for Theft and Trafficking of 30 Firearms

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

RICHMOND, Va. – Jonathan Xavier Thorne, 21, of Richmond, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for his role in the theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.  Thorne was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $2500 in restitution.

Thorne pleaded guilty on Sept. 9, 2015. According to court documents, on May 22, 2015, Thorne, along with his brother, Jerell Markes Broadie, 23, and co-conspirators Meleke Daquan Osborne, 22, and William Grieger, 23, made plans to break into the American Family Pawn shop located in Powhatan. During the early morning hours of May 25, 2015, Thorne, Broadie and Osborne traveled to the American Family Pawn Shop and broke in to the store through a back window and smashed several glass cases, stealing 31 firearms, 11 of which were high capacity and capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition. While leaving the store one of the men dropped a firearm in the parking lot before making their getaway.

Of the 30 firearms the men stole, Thorne and Broadie each kept one, sold 11 to Grieger, and sold the remaining 17 to an alleged family member located in the Tidewater area. Grieger kept one of his 11 firearms, and sold the remaining 10 to an alleged gang member from New York. All of the firearms sold within a matter of hours after the robbery. 

Grieger was sentenced on Nov. 3, 2015, to 78 months in prison. Osborne was sentenced on Dec. 1, 2015, to 70 months in prison.  Broadie was sentenced on Jan. 12, 2016, to 84 months in prison.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Charles E. Smith, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Mastandrea-Miller prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:15-cr-115 and 3:15cr116.

Updated February 23, 2016