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Federal investigators suspected Thomas Zachariah Jeffries was selling guns without a license and told him to stop.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A Check man who admitted lying to investigators about his dealings with firearms was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home incarceration, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Thomas Zachariah Jeffries, 45, who was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, agreed to forfeit 171 guns valued at $75,000 that were seized by authorities in August, prosecutors said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives suspected that Jeffries was selling guns without a license and wrote to him in 2010, saying “either stop dealing in firearms or get a license to do so lawfully,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Roanoke.
But two years later, investigators discovered that Jeffries had 33 guns for sale on a website, prosecutors said.
Jeffries pleaded guilty to one count of lying to investigators about his possession of a semiautomatic shotgun, saying he didn’t have one when investigators determined that he did, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors dropped charges that he engaged in unlicensed firearms sales from February 2001 to August 2012 and that, in having the semiautomatic shotgun, he possessed a destructive device.
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