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Three Individuals Plead Guilty to Straw Purchasing Conspiracy to Buy Illegal Guns

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Three individuals pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in a straw purchasing conspiracy.

According to court documents, from at least March 19, 2020, through May 5, 2021, Stanley Davis, 24, of Petersburg, Mantriel Reaves, 25, of Chandler, Arizona, and Jasiri Wynn, 23, of Mount Holly, New Jersey, conspired to make false statements to federal firearms licensees in Virginia and elsewhere in order to obtain illegal firearms. During the conspiracy, Davis acted as a straw purchaser of firearms in Virginia on behalf of Reaves and Wynn.

Davis purchased at least eight firearms for Reaves and Wynn, who directed Davis as to which firearms to purchase. Several of these firearms were later recovered from individuals alleged to be involved in criminal activity. For example, one firearm was recovered from a juvenile in Baltimore, a second firearm was recovered from an individual in New Jersey who was prohibited from possessing firearms, and a third firearm was recovered by law enforcement during the execution of a search warrant in Frostburg, Maryland, as part of an armed robbery investigation.

Davis and Reaves are scheduled to be sentenced on January 19, 2024. Wynn is scheduled to be sentenced on January 26, 2024 They face a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. 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.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Craig Kailimai, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Washington Field Division, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III accepted the plea.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Natasha Smalky and Lauren Halper are prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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. 1:23-cr-111.

Updated September 22, 2023

Firearms Offenses