Chester felon pleads guilty to possessing firearm

September 26, 2013 

A 28-year-old Chester man pleaded guilty Thursday to being a felon in possession of firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Columbia.

William Lee Jones will be sentenced later.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office:

Evidence presented in court showed that Chester County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a home burglary on July 22, 2012, in which two firearms were stolen, a 20-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle. Three days later, officers learned that Jones had told someone that he had firearms for sale.

On July 26, 2012, Jones sold two firearms, a 20-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle, to a confidential informant and an undercover officer in exchange for $250. During the sale, Jones indicated that he could obtain other firearms to sell.

Jones is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state convictions for third-degree burglary, escape, assault on a correctional officer, taking of a hostage by an inmate, and second-degree assault and battery.

Jones faces a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years imprisonment with a maximum of life, a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to five years.

The case was investigated by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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