Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty to Straw Purchasing Firearms
MINNEAPOLIS – A St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
According to court documents, on March 20, 2021, Clifton Earl Jiles, 31, purchased the firearm, stating on the ATF Form 4473 that he was the actual buyer of the firearm, however he was not. Jiles admitted to making false statements in this way to purchase at least nine firearms. Jiles also admitted he gave one of the firearms to an individual who was legally unable to possess one.
Jiles pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis to one count of false statement during the purchase of a firearm. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp.