On November 2 Obama-nominated U.S. District Judge Eleanor L. Ross gave one year probation to a woman who admitted buying a gun for her boyfriend, which he later used to shoot and kill Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco.
The woman–Jalita Johnson–pleaded “guilty to providing false information to a federally licensed firearms dealer” in order to buy a guy for Marcus Wheeler, “a felon [who] gave Johnson money and told her what [gun] to buy.”
According to Omaha.com, Johnson took Wheeler’s money and “bought [a] Glock semi-automatic handgun, plus a 50-round drum magazine and ammunition, from a pawnshop in Jonesboro, Georgia.” On ATF form 4473 she answered “Yes” when asked if she was the actual buyer of the gun. She then gave the gun to Wheeler and, on May 20, he used to it to open fire on officers trying to arrest him. He fired nine rounds, one of which proved fatal for Orozco. Wheeler was then killed “when Sgt. Jeff Kopietz returned fire.”
In addition to the one year of probation, Judge Ross gave Johnson “40 hours of community service and 180 days of house arrest,” but that’s it. Omaha’s police union and chief of police both spoke out against the light sentence.
Breitbart News previously reported that gun crime prosecutions under Obama have never risen to the levels seen during George W. Bush’s last five years in office. For example, Syracuse University’s TRAC Reports project shows that gun crime prosecutions in 2015 represent a 15.5 percent drop in prosecutions from five years ago and a 34.8 percent drop from the midway point of Bush’s eight years in office.
Now we have an individual who admitted giving false answers on background check papers in order to buy a gun for someone who could not buy one for himself. That gun was then used to kill a police officer, yet the straw buyer’s punishment was only 40 hours of community service, 180 days of house arrest, and one year of probation.
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