The Department of Justice announced charges on Wednesday against Corey Gray, a LaPorte, Indiana resident, for the unlawful transfer of a firearm that was recovered during the arrest of individuals allegedly involved in the arrest of off duty Chicago Police Officer Aréanah Preston. The unsealed criminal complaint alleged that the defendant was given the firearm by a relative who bought the gun from a licensed dealer in Valparaiso, Indiana in 2021. Gray then allegedly took the gun to Illinois to sell to an Illinois resident he only knew as “Lil’ Pooh” in exchange for $1,200. Although “Lil Pooh” died on April 9th the firearm was recovered on May 7th when individuals allegedly connected to the murder of Officer Preston were arrested.
This is not the first instance of an Indiana resident being charged in connection to an illegal transfer of a firearm that led to a CPD officer’s death. Last December, Jamel Danzy was sentenced for his role as a “straw purchaser” for his relative who was a convicted felon. A straw purchaser is an individual who purchases a firearm legally on behalf of someone who they know is prohibited from purchasing the firearm themselves. In recent months, the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago have publicized multiple arrests of individuals charged with so-called straw purchases in what could be fairly characterized as a crackdown on the activity. Alleged Illegal transfer of firearm cases can be complicated and require the government to prove certain elements for a successful prosecution. Attorney Darryl A. Goldberg has successfully represented many individuals charged in federal gun possession, transfer, and sale cases including many that have resulted in the dismissal of charges. If you are accused of the illegal possession or transfer of a firearm contact attorney Darryl A. Goldberg for a consultation.