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Northern District of Illinois

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Chicago Man Sentenced to Six and a Half Years for Illegally Selling More Than a Dozen Firearms

CHICAGO — A convicted felon from Chicago has been sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison for illegally selling more than a dozen handguns and rifles.

JYMIL CAMPBELL, 31, sold ten handguns, three rifles, and four large-capacity magazines during a nine-month period that ended with his arrest in the summer of 2016.  The sales netted Campbell a total of $8,700 in cash.  Unbeknownst to Campbell, the two buyers were confidential informants working on behalf of law enforcement.  They provided the guns to law enforcement after each sale.

Campbell pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of willfully dealing firearms without a license and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman imposed the 78-month sentence on Dec. 12, 2018, in federal court in Chicago.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Celinez Nunez, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“No illegal sales of any firearms – especially in this time and place – should be accepted, let alone 13,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Devlin N. Su argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “Chicagoans are extremely fortunate that the buyers of the weapons turned out to be working for law enforcement, because any willingness to inject guns onto the streets fuels the violence.”

Campbell acknowledged in a plea agreement that he could not legally possess or deal firearms because he had previously been convicted of two felonies – home invasion and armed robbery – and he lacked a federal firearms license. 

Most of the gun sales occurred in Campbell’s residence in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.  According to the plea agreement, one of the buyers put Campbell on notice that the firearms would be used in illegal gun violence.  Campbell nonetheless made the sale.  Campbell also admitted telling the buyer that although Campbell had personally fired one of the rifles, the firearm was essentially “brand new” and had not yet been “shot shot, like in a war.”

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Updated December 17, 2018