Dover, MD Man Who Stole 14 Firearms Sentenced To 51 Months In Federal Prison

ATF investigating theft of 14 guns from Baker’s Hardware in Millsboro
ATF investigating theft of 14 guns from Baker’s Hardware in Millsboro

WILMINGTON, Del. – -(AmmoLand.com)- United States Attorney David C. Weiss announced that Brandon Williams, 26, of Dover, was sentenced yesterday to 51 months in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark. Williams previously pled guilty to stealing firearms from a Millsboro gun store and to the possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing guns, due to Williams’ prior felony conviction in Delaware state court.

According to court documents, Williams, 26, broke into Baker’s Hardware, a federal firearm licensee, in Millsboro on May 5, 2017, and stole thirteen handguns and an AR-15-style rifle. Williams was arrested shortly after selling the stolen AR-15-style rifle in March 2019.

“The defendant’s arrest occurred almost two years after he robbed a Millsboro business and stole over a dozen firearms. Patience, perseverance and collaboration with our state and local partners made the prosecution of this gun store robbery possible. We will not stop until those who place our community at risk by trafficking in stolen firearms are brought to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Weiss.

“Offenders who steal from federally licensed gun dealers not only threaten the safety of our communities but they also victimize law-abiding businesses,” said ATF Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada. “A firearm in the hands of someone with criminal intentions is a dangerous situation and ATF is committed to stopping the flow of illegal firearms onto our streets.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Delaware State Police, and the Millsboro Police Department investigated this case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse S. Wenger.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-62-LPS.

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American Patriot
American Patriot
1 year ago

Hmmm….The one rifle stolen was an “AR-15 style rifle” Sounds like the story came straight from a Bloomberg new letter. Either it was an AR-15 or it wasn’t. This is a liberal “Style” report.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 year ago

“previously pled guilty to stealing firearms”
PLEADED is the past tense, not “pled”.

“Pleaded is the standard past-tense and past-participial form of the verb plea. Pled has always been considered incorrect by usage authorities, but it’s so common that we have to accept it. … But because pleaded is much more common and is unanimously accepted by all dictionaries and usage authorities, it is safer than pled.”

“And it should be noted that pleaded is preferred by an especially wide margin in publications known for high editorial standards. “

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
1 year ago

Wow a whole 15 months in Club Fed, that will show him!

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

I believe AZ made a typo. Considering the federal minimum sentence is 5 years, he got a “slap on the wrist”.

NCvoter
NCvoter
1 year ago

He should have received at least the minimum for each firearm stolen. Maybe if they followed existing laws they would find that new laws are not necessary.

Rattlerjake
Rattlerjake
1 year ago
Reply to  NCvoter

And yet a guy that burns a fag-flag gets 16 years!

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 year ago

First, ACCORDING TO THE 2A, EVERYONE who is of proper age and who is not in jail or the loony farm DOES HAVE THE GOD GIVEN, CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED AND MANDATED RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS —- PERIOD. This is founded in Scripture, the very same Scripture this nation is founded on. There is no higher authority — period. Should the man go to jail for stealing? YES, BUT ANYTHING PAST THAT IS AN INFRINGEMENT ON EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN’S GOD GIVEN, CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHTS. The A T F E should be disbanded and/or be regulated to A T… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

Deplorable, that, however, does give him the right to steal firearms.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago

does not give…

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago

ya wanna get biblical, which I always encourage, let’s consider the sentence handed down by this court. The BIBLICAL punishment for theft is to restore FOUR TIMES what was stolen. FOurteen handguns, let’s loball and call it $500 earh, and the AR, let’s figure its a cheapie at another $500, for easy calcs. That’s fifteen times $500…. is $7500, times four is $30K. If he had any class or taste at all, double that, The law also provides far stiffer sentences that what he got. If I had walked into that store and paud cash for all fifteen of those… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 year ago

After reading; The UNELECTED APPOINTED Bureaucratic office by the IRS is Constitutionally ILLEGAL! The IRS CANNOT set up a sub office of ANYTHING without going through CONGRESS and WE THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA VOTING ON IT! CONGRESS has RENEGED on their OATH OF OFFICE (again) when the IRS – not CONGRESS, set up the ATF(E).

gregs
gregs
1 year ago

if you want to go biblical, in Romans it says that governments are instituted by God and we are to submit, ie. no anarchy. our founding fathers who believed in the same God put an allowance in for civil disobedience. the egregious part is that this guy, a felon who stole firearms and then sold them without conducting a background check on the purchaser was only sentenced to little over 4 years. this is what happens when political activists get a law license, are elected into office and then control who gets what punishment (plea bargaining). if penalties were severe… Read more »

Grim
Grim
1 year ago
Reply to  gregs

Not sure the criminal in this case has the ability to “think twice” or even once.