September 16, 2008

Female Firearm Trafficker Sentenced to 4 Years

U.S. District Judge John R. Adams sentenced Antrinna Collins of Cleveland, to 48 months imprisonment for violations of federal firearms laws. The Sept. 8, 2008, sentencing was announced today by William Edwards, Acting U.S. Attorney and Christopher P. Sadowski, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division.

Collins was tried and convicted by a jury in May 2008 of two counts of making false statements in the acquisition of firearms and one count of unlawful transfer of a firearm to a felon.

The evidence presented at trial showed that on Oct. 22 and 23, 2005, Collins purchased three semi-automatic pistols and three AK-47 semi-automatic assault style rifles at the Cuyahoga County gun show in Berea, Ohio. One of the pistols Collins purchased was used by a convicted felon in a shooting 27 days after Collins purchased the firearm. Two individuals were later convicted of attempted murder and felonious assault in connection with the shooting.

Collins admitted she gave one of the three pistols to her husband in Nov. 2005, less than a month after purchasing it at the gun show. Collins knew her husband was a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms. Collins' husband was found in possession of another pistol she had purchased in June 2007; as a result he was convicted of having a weapon while under a disability. The evidence at trial also showed that Collins purchased a pistol in 2000 and that her husband was found possessing the firearm 21 days after her purchase.

"At the sentencing hearing Judge Adams noted, among other lawful factors, that escalating gun crimes and violence were factors he considered in determining the sentence. The sentence imposed by the Court reflects a sentence nearly twice the sentence recommended by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and acknowledges the egregious nature of Collins' actions," said Edwards.

"A person that purchases firearms and places them in the hands of convicted felons and violent criminals is only steps away from helping the criminal pull the trigger and commit an act of violence. The stiff sentence imposed in this case recognizes the severity of the crime," said Sadowski.

Comments (7)

Based on the facts presented this woman recieved a sentence FAR to lenient. More "ammo" for the anti Bill of Rights crowd to push thier flawed agenda.
Recently here in Tampa a "Security Supervisor" at a local nightclub was shot and killed by police. He had taken a firearm from another employee and chased 2 "offenders" into a public parking lot, confronting them with a drawn firearm. UC LE unit responded, ordered the gentleman to drop his weapon TWICE, he pointed the weapon at the officers and (miraculously) one shot was fired resulting in his death. The Tampa Tribune reported the event, raising the
issue" of "justifiable usage of deadly force", certainly an important issue. What they failed to report however was MUCH more important. The "Security Supervisor" was a convicted felon. He had no legal right to buy, possess or use a handgun- IMO the deceased is directly responsible for his demise, yet the paper didn't feel this fact supported their agenda and was deliberately omitted from both of the articles printed. I actually spoke to the one reporter and he stated the deceased felony conviction HAD NOTHING TO DO with the case, what a joke.

Posted by: THOMAS P HALLIGAN | September 19, 2008 6:41 AM    Report this comment

Wers there a good hanging Judge when you need them!!!

Posted by: lotoofla | September 18, 2008 1:48 PM    Report this comment

Hopefully the charge she was convicted on was a felony, so she never has another chance to legally buy a firearm.

Posted by: unevrno | September 18, 2008 1:19 PM    Report this comment

A repeat offender/felon stole some guns and ammo from my place then traded for illegal drugs with a known felon. He was plea bargained down to larceny over $1000 and that charge was subordinated to a charge of 'haitual impaired driving', sentences to run concurrent for a total of 12-15 months in a minimum security facility. This must be the reasonable gun contorl I am always hearing about.

Posted by: bigdaddyjunior | September 18, 2008 12:21 PM    Report this comment

5 yrs each time-15 yrs no parole

Posted by: cochise | September 18, 2008 11:54 AM    Report this comment

How about accessory to attempted murder. 15-20 with no parole. sounds like the judge was too lenient to me

Posted by: pa-cman | September 18, 2008 11:45 AM    Report this comment

4 years???? That doesn't sound too stiff to me sounds a little limp. 5+ and with strait, no parole, time that sounds better.

Posted by: Lawrence P | September 18, 2008 10:22 AM    Report this comment

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