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Date: 09-22-2022

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United States of America v. David Tillman Deloach

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00041

Judge: Hala Y. Jarbou

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Kent County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Grand Rapids, Michigan criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with using a stolen identity to illegally purchase 28 handguns.

A Special Agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Chicago Field Division began investigating David Tillman Deloach, age 39, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, after he was stopped by Indiana State Police for traffic violations and during a search of his car, troopers found two handguns. As a convicted felon, Mr. Deloach was prohibited from possessing any firearms. Three months later, Mr. Deloach was a passenger in a car stopped by Chicago Police, in which officers found five handguns. The ATF Special Agent discovered that between March and July 2021, Mr. Deloach, a convicted felon, used a stolen identity to purchase 28 handguns from three licensed gun stores in Western Michigan. Only three of these pistols have been seized by police; the location of vast majority of the handguns purchased by Mr. Deloach remains unknown.

On September 20, 2022, Mr. Deloach pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, being a felon in possession of firearms, and making false statements during the purchase of firearms. In sentencing Mr. Deloach to serve almost 5 years in federal prison, Judge Jarbou expressed her desire to protect the community and send a strong message of deterrence to others.

“Straw purchasers play a pivotal role in enabling the unlawful possession of guns and the violence that can follow,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division Kristen de Tineo. “ATF, in collaboration with our local, state and federal partners, is committed to working together to stop the flow of guns to individuals who cannot legally purchase them.”

18:922(a)(6), 18:924(a)(2) IMPORTING/MANUFACTURING FIREARMS; false statement during purchase of firearms
(1) 34 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, $250 fine, $100 special assessment

18:1028A(a)(1), (b), (c)(3), 18:922(a)(6) FRAUD WITH IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS; aggravated identity theft

18:922(g)(1), 18:924(a)(2) UNLAWFUL TRANSPORT OF FIREARMS, ETC.; felon in possession of firearms

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 58 months in prison.

34 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, $250 fine, $100 special assessment

24 months imprisonment, consecutive to Counts 1&3; 1 year supervised release, concurrent with Count 1; $250 fine; $100 special assessment

34 months imprisonment, concurrent with Count 1; 3 years supervised release, concurrent with Counts 1&2; $250 fine; $100 special assessment

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