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Newport News man sentenced to prison for straw purchasing a firearm

The man will spend one and a half years behind bars for purchasing a gun for someone who couldn't.
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Newport News man was sentenced on Thursday to one and a half years in prison for straw purchasing a firearm. 

According to court documents, 25-year-old Treyshard Jackson-Cooper was introduced to a person from a Maryland Bike Crew who asked him to purchase a firearm for him, specifically a Glock, Model 30, semi-automatic pistol.

In October 2018, Jackson-Cooper went to Superior Pawn, a licensed dealer of firearms, located in Hampton, and purchased the requested firearm. During the transaction, Jackson-Cooper completed an ATF Form 4473.

Question 11(a) on ATF Form 4473 asks whether the individual filling out the form is the “actual transferee/buyer of the firearm.” Jackson-Cooper answered this question in the affirmative, though he subsequently admitted that he was not and knew he was not the actual transferee/buyer at the time he purchased the firearm and filled out the form. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.

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