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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to lying to purchase firearms

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Curtessa Monet Franklin, 21, of Canton, Massachusetts, pled guilty in federal court in Martinsburg today to conspiring to provide false information while attempting to purchase a firearm, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Franklin conspired with two West Virginia residents and attempted to purchase a firearm by falsely indicating that the West Virginia residents were the intended purchasers of the firearm. In fact, Franklin was in the intended purchaser of the firearm. Franklin pled guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Provide a False Statement During the Attempted Purchase of a Firearm.” She faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated April 20, 2016