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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 17, 2020

Man Pleads Guilty for Role in Illegally Straw Purchasing Firearms

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to aiding and abetting the straw purchase of firearms.

According to court documents, D’Lanta Boone, 29, of Temple Hills, aided and abetted the straw purchase of seven firearms by providing his then-girlfriend with money and explicitly directing her as to which firearms to illegally purchase on his behalf. Police in Washington, D.C. recovered one of the illegally purchased firearms from a felon, and police in Prince George’s County recovered another of the illegally purchased firearms.

Boone faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on December 18. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas U. Murphy, II is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:20-cr-153.

Topic(s): 
Project Guardian
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated July 17, 2020