Ch­ester man gets 5-10 as ‘straw’ gun pur­chaser

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @arosedelco on Twit­ter

ME­DIA COURT­HOUSE » A Ch­ester man was sen­tenced to five to 10 years in state prison Mon­day un­der a manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to mak­ing six straw pur­chases of firearms.

Ken­neth Jackson, 46, of the 900 block of Ma­cadam Street, apol­o­gized to Delaware County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Mary Alice Bren­nan dur­ing his plea and sen­tenc­ing hear­ing. He had pre­vi­ously told in­ves­ti­ga­tors his crimes were “not worth it,” ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause.

Jackson was ar­rested in Oc­to­ber fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by county De­tec­tive David Tyler of the Gun Traf­fick­ing Unit and Josh Nu­gent, a spe­cial agent with the fed­eral Bu­reau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives.

Jackson pur­chased a 9 mm Taurus hand­gun from Tar­get­mas­ter in Chadds Ford on Oct. 10, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause. He had pur­chased six other hand­guns from that same lo­ca­tion since Septem­ber 2013 and one from Philadel­phia Train­ing Academy, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. Three of those firearms had been re­cov­ered by au­thor­i­ties be­tween 2014 and 2016, but none had been re­ported stolen, the af­fi­davit states.

Tyler and Nu­gent in­ter­viewed Jackson Oct. 27 in ref­er­ence to the firearm pur­chased Oct. 10 and he stated that it had been stolen along with an­other gun, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. He ini­tially claimed not to have pur­chased any other firearms, but be­came ner­vous and claimed the other six guns must also have also been stolen when pre­sented with pa­per­work for those sales, the af­fi­davit states.

When Tyler went through the pa­per­work with Jackson for each of the firearms, he al­legedly ad­mit­ted to buy­ing six firearms for two peo­ple he be­lieved could not buy the guns them­selves in ex­change for small amounts of money.

Jackson said that he was wrong for buy­ing the guns for peo­ple he knew had pre­vi­ously been locked up, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, and that he only made the buys be­cause he was “down on his luck” and needed cash for food and rent. Jackson also al­legedly told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the ap­prox­i­mately $1,100 he re­ceived for the

gun pur­chases was “not worth it.”

The Brad Fox Law im­poses a five-year min­i­mum manda­tory state prison sen­tence for de­fen­dants con­victed on a sec­ond or sub­se­quent straw buy­ing of­fense.

Un­der the ne­go­ti­ated guilty plea worked out by Deputy Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ge­orge Daw­son and de­fense coun­sel Charles Wil­liams, three third-de­gree felony counts of firearm own­er­ship, duty of other per­sons were con­sol­i­dated for a sen­tence of one to two years. Three other counts of the same charge as a felony in the sec­ond de­gree were con­sol­i­dated for a sen­tence of five to 10 years, run­ning con­cur­rently.

Wil­liams said his client in­tends to learn all that he can while in­car­cer­ated to be­come a pro­duc­tive mem­ber of so­ci­ety upon his re­lease.

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