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New Jersey Man receives Three Years in Jail for Gun Trafficking

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Marvin A. Jones, 24, a resident of New Jersey who recently lived in Vermont, was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment on February 20, 2019, in United States District Court in Rutland.

Jones pleaded guilty in November, 2018, to purchasing a semi-automatic pistol in Vermont and selling it in New Jersey without a license to do so.  As part of a plea deal, Jones also resolved several pending, unrelated Vermont charges.  Court filings indicated that Jones acquired other firearms in Vermont during the same time period.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms initiated the investigation when the pistol sold by Jones was recovered in the State of New Jersey and found to have been originally purchased in the State of Vermont.  The firearm was recovered from a New Jersey man in a stolen car, and was matched by ballistics tests to an earlier shooting in that area of New Jersey.  ATF investigators conducted numerous interviews and found the pistol had been purchased by Jones as a used gun via from the original owner.  Jones transported it from Vermont to New Jersey where he sold the firearm to an associate.  He had pending Vermont felony charges at the time.

Jones was represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender David McColgin.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Darrow. 

Updated February 25, 2019

Firearms Offenses