For Immediate Release
Vicksburg Man Sentenced to 12 Months in Federal Prison for Providing False Information in an Attempt to Purchase a Firearm
Jackson, Miss – Dvonte Amir King, 23, of Vicksburg, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Tom S. Lee to 12 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for making false statements to a licensed firearms dealer and putting false information on an official form, announced Acting United States Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Kurt Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
On June 4, 2018, King attempted to purchase a firearm from a local Vicksburg retailer. King filled out and signed ATF Form 4473, the standard form for background checks. On the form, King marked that he had never been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence whereas in truth and in fact, he had been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Approximately six months prior, on November 28, 2017, King had pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in the Municipal Court of the City of Vicksburg. Persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence are prohibited from purchasing firearms under federal law and it is a federal offense to put false information on the firearm form.
King was charged in a federal criminal indictment. He pled guilty before Judge Lee on September 10, 2020.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bert Carraway.