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Morgantown woman sentenced for lying to purchase firearm

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Julie Anette Bailes, 25, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison after she provided a fictitious statement to a firearms dealer in order to purchase a gun, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Bailes misrepresented herself as the intended buyer of a .40 caliber Glock pistol at Cashland Pawn in Morgantown. In fact, she was attempting to purchase the firearm on behalf of another individual by unlawfully misleading the pawn shop firearms dealer.

She pled guilty in January 2015 to a criminal Information charging her with one count of “False Statement in Acquisition of a Firearm,” following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 8, 2016