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Date: 12-01-2022

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United States of America v. Cortez Price

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00255

Judge: Robert W. Gettleman

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Cook County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Chicago, Illinois criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with using a machine gun to rob a law enforcement officer during an undercover firearms transaction.

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Cortez Price arranged to sell a handgun equipped with a “switch” device to the undercover officer on May 2, 2022, in a drug store parking lot in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Upon arriving at the meeting, Price got into the front seat of the officer’s vehicle and accepted $1,900 in cash from the officer. Instead of handing over the firearm, Price inserted high-capacity ammunition into it and racked the slide. He then got out of the vehicle with the money and the loaded gun and fled the area. With the assistance of aerial support, law enforcement followed Price to a nearby residence and arrested him.

Price had previously sold three firearms to the undercover officer and stated in social media communications that he engaged in numerous other negotiations to buy, sell, or arrange the sale of firearms. The “switch” device on the gun Price possessed during the robbery converted the firearm into a fully automatic machine gun. 

Importing and/or manufacturing firearms.

Violent Crime with a machine gun

Outcome: The defendant pleaded guilty to count(s) 1 and 2 of the Information. The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a total term of: Thirty-three (33) months as to count 1; sixty (60) months as to count 2 Terms to run consecutive, for a total of ninety-three (93) months. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be on supervised release for a term of: three (3) years. Criminal Monetary Penalties. Schedule of Payments.

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