Chester Man Convicted in Firearms Trafficking Scheme

Could Face up to 40 Years

WRVA News
February 27, 2020 - 3:49 pm
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(RICHMOND, Va.) -- A federal jury convicted a Chester man on charges related to his straw purchase of six firearms. 

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, 41 year old Brandon Powell, purchased six firearms at three federally licensed firearms dealers in the Richmond area during August and September 2015. When purchasing the firearms, Powell falsely stated that he was the actual purchaser of the firearms, when in fact, he was straw purchasing them for an individual named Trenton Pointer. Pointer provided the guns to Abdul Shashid Davis, who in turn, sold them to an undercover New York City Police Detective.

Powell was convicted of making a false statement to acquire a firearm. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison at sentencing. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Pointer and Davis were charged, convicted and sentenced in New York State for their role in this scheme. 

Nine other federal defendants have been sentenced for making false statements in connection with this scheme. They are as follows:

  • 42 year old Cherie Wyatt of Richmond sentenced to one year of probation.
  • 29 year old Kevin Wilson of Powhatan sentenced to 2 years of probation and 180 days of home detention.
  • 41 year old Denise Sinkford of Richmond sentenced to 2 years of probation and 180 days of home detention.
  • 29 year old Shanta Brown of Richmond sentenced to 2 years of probation and 60 days of home detention.
  • 54 year old Evelyn Collins-Chandler sentenced to 2 years of probation and 60 days of home detention.
  • 34 year old Ebony Clarke of Richmond sentenced to 3 years of probation and 210 days of home detention.
  • 35 year old Jeremy Lewis of Chesterfield County sentenced to 2-and-a-half-years in prison.
  • 47 year old Yolanda Stone of Richmond sentenced to 2 years of probation and 7 months of home detention.
  • 56 year old Jeffrey Toole of Richmond sentenced to 13 months in prison.