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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Arizona

For Immediate Release

December 13, 2011

Ann Birmingham Scheel, United States Attorney

Contact: Manuel Tarango

Tucson Man Sentenced to over 4 Years in Prison for Recruiting Another to Buy Firearm for Him

TUCSON, Ariz. – Elisha William Pollock, 29, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 51 months imprisonment for aiding and abetting the making of a false statement during the purchase of a firearm. Pollock was found guilty by a jury following trial on May 12, 2011.

On May 1, 2010, Pollock and co-defendants Peter Andrew Curtis and Stephanie Anne Moore attended a gun show in Tucson, at which co-defendant Moore purchased a pistol on Pollock's behalf and transferred the pistol to Pollock immediately upon exiting the gun show. When purchasing the pistol, Moore represented that she was the actual purchaser of the firearm and was not acquiring it on behalf of another individual, when in fact she was purchasing it for Pollock. Pollock denied that Moore purchased the pistol for him, but the evidence presented at trial established that Pollock had previously arranged for Moore to acquire the pistol on his behalf. Pollock had twice been previously convicted of burglary in Pima County Superior Court, but had gotten his civil rights restored. Following this conviction for a federal felony offense, Pollock will be prohibited from possession of firearms or ammunition.

Moore pleaded guilty to making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm and was sentenced to twelve months prison on May 23, 2011. Curtis, a convicted felon who acquired ammunition at the gun show, pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 24 months prison on May 2, 2011.

The investigation in this case was conducted by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with the assistance of the Tucson Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Angela W. Woolridge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-274(Pollock)