For Immediate Release
Princeton Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crimes
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – A Princeton woman pled guilty today to federal gun crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Kimberly Addair, 46, of Princeton, West Virginia, entered her guilty pleas to one count of making false or fictitious statements, and one count of disposing of firearms to a convicted felon. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of federal agents from West Virginia and New Jersey offices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
“Don’t lie for the other guy,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Lying and buying for someone else- a serious, serious crime. Making false statements on ATF Forms in order to purchase guns for those that shouldn’t have them, will land you in federal court and facing a potentially significant sentence in federal prison.”
During Addairs’s plea hearing, it was established that on March 30, 2016, Kimberly Addair made false and fictitious statements on a Department of Justice ATF Form 4473 by indicating she was the actual purchaser of firearms when in reality, she was purchasing the firearms for a convicted felon. Addair had previously admitted to law enforcement officers that she purchased the firearms for another person that she knew was a convicted felon. She then admitted to transferring the firearms to the person she knew to be a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing any firearms according to federal law. One of the firearms purchased by Addair on March 30, 2016 was recovered in New Jersey in the possession of a convicted felon.
Addair now faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. Addair’s sentencing will be held on July 2, 2019.
Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is responsible for the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The United States Attorney General reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.