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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Woman Who Made False Statements to Buy Guns Sentenced in Federal Court

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Heather Denese Medina, 40, of Brookwood, Alabama, was sentenced yesterday in federal court on three charges that she falsified information on federal forms in order to purchase firearms.  Court documents showed that Medina lied on the forms to purchase firearms for her boyfriend and an associate of the boyfriend, both of whom were convicted felons and therefore prohibited from purchasing the guns legally. Medina pled guilty to the three charges in January of 2018.

United States District Court Judge William H. Steele imposed a sentence of time served in Medina’s case, and placed her on supervised release for a period of three years, with all terms to run concurrently on the three charges.  Medina will be tested for drug and alcohol abuse, and she will be referred for mental health treatment if necessary.  No fine was imposed, but Medina was ordered to pay $300 in special mandatory assessments.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell. 

Updated March 11, 2020