St. Louis man pleads guilty to unlawful purchase of firearms

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ST. LOUIS, MO — Jelanie Reeves, 26, of St. Louis, has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false and fictitious statement of firearm purchasing. Reeves appeared today before United States District Court Judge. Rodney W. Sippel.

Reeves and a group of people went to High Country Shooting Sports in Jefferson County on December 12, 2019. One of them was his cousin, a convicted criminal. He has been punished by in excess of one year imprisonment and firearm possession prohibition.

Reeves admitted to law enforcement that he knew his cousin was a prohibited person and could not purchase a firearm. Reeves' intention in High Country Shooting Sports was to buy a gun for his cousin.

Reeves then did an ATF Form 4473, where he falsely stated that he was the "actual buyer" of the gun.

In May 2019, Reeves reported to St. Louis County Police Department that nine of his guns had been stolen from his car's trunk. He later admitted that this was a false report.

In August 2019, Reeves admitted to ATF agents that he had purchased firearms for his cousin, although he knew that his cousin was a convicted felon and was illegal to possess firearms. Reeves also pleaded that they would split the profit of the firearm selling after his cousin sold the gun.

In January 2020, Reeves's cousin was arrested by the ATF, followed by charges for various narcotics and firearms offenses between 2019 and 2020. The ATF had permission to search the residence where the cousin was living with his girlfriend.

The gun, along with the box and the receipt with Reeves' name as the purchaser, was obtained in the co. It was loaded with a round in the chamber.

The cousin said that he had not been with Reeves during the purchase, and turns out to be a false statement to ATF agents. Another investigation revealed that Reeves had purchased at least 18 firearms from the business between March and September 2019.

Paul D'Agrosa handles the case, while the St. Louis County Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney and Judge Sippel have set sentencing for August 17, 2021.

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