Chicago Man Gets 30 Months for Straw Purchases of Firearms

November 3, 2017-According to a statement from United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, II, an Illinois man provided false information on federal forms to purchase over 25 firearms between March 2016 and March 2017. “Paul Fowlkes, 23, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced on November 2, 2017 by District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 30 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release for providing false information to a Federal Firearms Licensee in acquiring firearms.” Some of the firearms ended up in the hands of juveniles and convicted felons according to the statement from US Attorney Kirsch. “Fowlkes received a sentencing enhancement
for trafficking in firearms due to the determination that at least eight of the firearms purchased by him in Indiana were later recovered by law enforcement in the possession of other persons, including juveniles and convicted felons, in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.”

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