Rashan DeJarnette, a 22-year-old man from Chester, was sentenced to five years in state prison under the Brad Fox Law, which mandates a minimum five-year sentence for two or more convictions of illegally transferring handguns to people who cannot legally obtain firearms themselves.
He made the purchases for convicted felon Harry Jackson during a gun show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in May 2016, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by county Detective David Tyler, writes Alex Rose in the Pottstown Mercury.
The joint investigation was led by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division, the Office of the Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
DeJarnette told investigators that he knew it was illegal to purchase firearms for someone else and said he did not get paid for purchasing the guns, according to the affidavit. He also said that he reported the guns stolen to the Chester Police Department in September 2016 because he got scared when he heard that agents were looking for him.
Defense attorney Clinton Johnson said Tuesday that his client had been an A-student in school with an impeccable background and no prior run-ins with the law.
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