Adam Tyler Shrader, 22, of Lancaster will serve 21 months in federal prison followed by two years probation for conspiracy to straw purchase a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
Lillie Mae Govea told Lancaster County deputies on Oct. 21, 2014, her pistol was missing from her car trunk and her boyfriend, Shrader, was the only one who had been in it, according to a press release from Drake.
Shrader told officers he and Govea had agreed to purchase a gun from a local store for his friend, “Nick,” the release says.
They purchased a pistol and ammunition from a local store, and gave it to a man Govea did not know, the report says.
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“Shrader told Govea to wait three days to report the pistol stolen in case Nick did something ‘bad’ with it,” the report states. “Govea waited less than one day to report the pistol stolen.”
The pistol was later found in the possession of a convicted felon during a search by another police jurisdiction.
Govea previously pled guilty and was sentenced on the same charge.
The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case. This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis presided.
Catherine Muccigrosso: 803-329-4069