A 33-year-old former Minneapolis school cook was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in federal prison on Wednesday for acting as the straw purchaser of two handguns for a convicted felon last year in Robbinsdale.
A Robbinsdale man has pleaded guilty in what federal authorities call a scheme to have straw purchasers buy guns for people who are barred from having them. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 21-year-old Keniko Bland pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of illegally receiving a firearm by a person under indictment. Bland was indicted along with four co-defendants in May.
Convicted felons lose their rights to purchase firearms legally. That’s why they will often turn to “straw buyers” to do it for them.