Feds Uphold Firearms Possession Conviction in Case with Jonesboro Ties

APRIL 25, 2006 - Posted at 8:08 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a felon for buying seven guns in a Jonesboro pawnshop, though he said he was acting on behalf of his illiterate, gun-collecting father.

Jairo Montgomery was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to make a false statement to acquire a firearm and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  That conviction was affirmed yesterday by the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis.

The 26-year-old Montgomery had argued at trial he only signed the paperwork for his illiterate father, a gun collector.  But government witnesses testified that his father was not a gun collector and was not illiterate.  Witnesses also testified that Montgomery was ineligible to buy firearms because of an earlier conviction.

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