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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 23, 2019
John R. Lausch, Jr.
, United States Attorney

Rockfordwoman Sentenced to 34 Months in Federal Prison for Transferring Firearms to Felon

ROCKFORD —A Rockford, Ill., woman was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to 34 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for selling and disposing of a firearm to a person she knew was a felon. JASMINE C. TURNER, 26, pleaded guilty to the charge on June 12, 2019. According to the written plea agreement Turner purchased a Glock .45 caliber pistol and a Diamondback 5.56 caliber pistol in May 2017 for an individual who was her boyfriend at the time. Turner knew that her boyfriend previously had been convicted of a felony, namely second-degree murder. Turner admitted that she purchased the firearms at her boyfriend’s request and transferred the firearms to her boyfriend shortly after purchasing them.

In addition, Turner admitted in the plea agreement, in April 2017, she made a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer in connection with the purchase of another firearm. Turner admitted that she falsely represented on a written form that she was the actual buyer of the firearm, when, in fact, Turner was buying the firearm for another individual. That individual was a friend of a friend of Turner. Turner admitted that, directly after the purchase, she met with her friend, and gave the firearm to her friend to deliver to the other individual.

The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Timothy Jones, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; and Dan O’Shea, Chief of the Rockford Police Department.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Talia Bucci.

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