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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota
Andrew M. Luger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 24, 2023

St. Paul Man Sentenced to Prison for Straw Purchasing Multiple Firearms

MINNEAPOLIS – A St. Paul man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for 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 a Glock Model 27, 40 caliber, semi-automatic pistol, 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 to purchase at least nine firearms. Jiles also admitted he gave one of the firearms to an individual who was legally unable to possess it.

Jiles pleaded guilty on October 20, 2022, to one count of false statement during the purchase of a firearm. Jiles was sentenced yesterday before Senior Judge Michael J. Davis.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp.

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