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Rockford Woman Sentenced to 34 Months in Prison for Transferring Firearms to Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

A Rockford woman was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to 34 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for selling and disposing of a firearm to a person she knew was a felon.

JASMINE C. TURNER, 26, pleaded guilty to the charge on June 12, 2019. According to a written plea agreement, Turner purchased a Glock .45-caliber pistol and a Diamondback 5.56-caliber pistol in May 2017 for her boyfriend at the time. Turner knew that her boyfriend previously had been convicted of second-degree murder, a felony. Turner admitted that she purchased the firearms at her boyfriend’s request and transferred the firearms to him shortly after purchasing them.

In addition, Turner admitted in the plea agreement that in April 2017 she made a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer in connection with the purchase of another firearm. Turner admitted that she falsely represented on a written form that she was the actual buyer of the firearm, when, in fact, Turner was buying the firearm for another individual. That individual was a friend-of-a-friend of Turner. Turner admitted that directly after the purchase, she gave the firearm to her friend to deliver to the other individual.

The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Timothy Jones, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and Dan O’Shea, Chief of the Rockford Police Department. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Talia Bucci.

Updated September 26, 2019

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