Richmond man sentenced to nearly 3 years for involvement in gun trafficking scheme

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 28-year old man from Richmond was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Thursday for his involvement in a 2016 scheme to traffic guns.

In the summer of 2016, Jason Fields bought 13 guns on three different days, according to a release from the Department of Justice. On the forms required to purchase the weapons, Fields indicated he was the true purchaser.      

Court documents show that Fields, who bought the firearms in 10 different transactions, purchased the guns for other individuals. 

Authorities learned from Fields later that the firearms were for people who claimed they were from Washington, D.C.  

On Thursday, the court ruled that Fields knew, or should have known, the people he was buying the guns for would dispose of the firearms illegally. This led the court to apply a sentencing enhancement.  

Officers have recovered three guns that Fields bought in Richmond, Washington D.C. and Prince George County, Maryland. 

Ten other firearms that Fields bought have not been found.

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