- Associated Press - Saturday, January 9, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to make illegal firearm purchases on behalf of someone else.

A news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said that Corey Randolph Harris, Jr., 27, made what’s known as illegal straw purchases of 17 firearms in eight transactions in 2019 while conspiring with someone else. The Woodbridge man was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison.

“In each transaction, Harris represented himself as the true buyer of the firearms when, in fact, he was purchasing them on behalf of the unnamed co-conspirator and selling them to the unnamed co-conspirator for a profit,” the news release said.

Police in Washington later recovered two of the firearms from people other than Harris or his co-conspirator. The case is part of a project aimed at reducing gun violence by enforcing federal firearms laws.

A defense attorney for Harris declined in an email to comment Saturday.

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