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Gulfport Woman Sentenced for making a False Statement when Purchasing a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Gulfport, Miss. – Gladys Marie Fairley, 62, of Gulfport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to 15 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for making a false statement when purchasing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”).  Fairley was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

While purchasing a firearm at a Gulfport pawn shop on September 22, 2018, Gladys Marie Fairley made a false statement to a federal firearms licensee.  When Fairley filled out an  ATF Form 4473, she falsely stated to the licensee on the form that she had no prior felonies. However, Fairley had been convicted of a felony in 2011 for abuse of a vulnerable adult in the Circuit Court of Harrison County.  

Fairley was indicted on September 25, 2019, and pled guilty before Judge Guirola on November 13, 2019.

This case was investigated by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.



Updated March 4, 2020

Firearms Offenses