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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Jacksonville Couple Sentenced To Prison After Trading Guns To Drug Dealers

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Jonathan Cody (53, Jacksonville) to 37 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm while an unlawful user of controlled substances. The court also ordered Cody to pay a $5000 fine. Cody’s girlfriend, Kyle Ann Louise Mollgren (30, Jacksonville), was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Cody and Mollgren had pleaded guilty on October 10, 2018.

According to court documents and information presented at sentencing, in late 2017, Cody and Mollgren sold three firearms that belonged to Cody to two Jacksonville drug dealers. One of those firearms was a Colt .556 caliber law enforcement carbine with an extended magazine, which Cody and Mollgren sold to Nathaniel Harrison on September 21, 2017. Later that day, Harrison sold the firearm to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. After Harrison was arrested, he identified Cody and Mollgren as the individuals who had sold the firearm to him. Harrison pleaded guilty to federal drug and firearms charges on February 23, 2018, and was later sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

On February 9, 2018, Cody and Mollgren were interviewed by ATF agents and admitted that they had sold the Colt .556 caliber law enforcement carbine to Harrison in exchange for money and drugs. Cody and Mollgren estimated that they had purchased $10,000 worth of drugs from Harrison. During this time, Cody was an unlawful user of crack cocaine, and Mollgren was a convicted felon. Both Cody and Mollgren were prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Laura Cofer Taylor.

This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated May 8, 2019