PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania resident has pleaded guilty to making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
Jaylin Banks, 34, of the city’s Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood, pleaded guilty before Judge Christy Criswell Wiegand.
As part of the guilty plea, the court was told that between August 2020 and August 2021, Banks purchased four firearms. On November 22, 2021, the Pittsburgh Police Department recovered two of these firearms from the scene of a shooting. Due to the short period of time between the purchase of one of these firearms and its use in crime, in addition to the recovery of several firearms from the possession of others, the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has opened an investigation into buying straw from banks. As part of the investigation, the ATF flagged the bank’s credentials so that in the event that they attempt to purchase another firearm, the federal firearms license holder will notify the ATF. .
On November 23, 2021, a federal firearms license holder informed the ATF that Banks was attempting to purchase a firearm from his store in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. ATF agents and a Pittsburgh police detective attended the federal firearms licensee’s home to question Banks. During the interview, Banks admitted to buying a gun for another person. Banks recalled that the individual drove Banks to Dunham’s Sports in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, provided Banks with money, and identified for Banks the specific handgun he wanted. Banks admitted to falsely stating at the time of purchase that he was the real purchaser of the gun.
Judge Wiegand set his sentence for February 16, 2023. The law provides for a prison sentence of up to ten years, a fine of $ 250,000, a period of probation of up to three years and / or a contribution $100 special. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court prosecuted Banks on bail.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is pursuing this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pittsburgh Police Bureau conducted the investigation which led to the prosecution of Jaylin Banks.