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U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Mississippi

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hancock County Woman Sentenced to Almost Five Years in Prison for Selling a Firearm to a Felon

Gulfport, Miss. – Janette Marie Asplund, 36, of Hancock County, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. to 57 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for knowingly selling a firearm to a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent-in-Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Asplund was also ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.

In July 2019, Asplund knowingly sold a shotgun to a person who she knew was a convicted felon. Federal law specifically prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms or ammunition. Asplund was indicted on July 24, 2019, and pled guilty before Judge Guirola on January 23, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris.


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