Department of Justice Plea Bargain for Dontray Mills-Mostly Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Questions about the Department of Justice and President Obama have surfaced after a Milwaukee man was sentenced to one year of probation and no jail time for illegally purchasing 55 guns.
Dontray Mills was sentenced to a year of probation for illegally purchasing 27 guns, not 55 as has been reported.
Dontray Mills was arrested in April 2014 for using false identification to purchase 27 guns at sporting goods stores in suburban Milwaukee. He was charged with knowingly using false identification to buy guns and was released on bail, a local Fox affiliate reports:
Brian Dorow with Waukesha County Technical College has no firsthand knowledge of this case — but knows the legal process required to buy a gun. He says false identification — like an address, may not be spotted during the process, so long as no felony record or domestic violence conviction is found.
“If that drivers license was obtained fraudulently, it would be hard for that dealer to track,” Dorow said.
Mills has neither a felony record, nor a domestic violence conviction.
Investigators are now looking into whether the guns were then resold, and whether any potential buyers were criminals who aren’t allowed to have firearms.
Dontray Mills was eventually faced 55 total counts that included charges like buying firearms with fake identification and dealing weapons without a license — he was not, as has been reported, charged with buying 55 guns.
He struck a plea bargain with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one count. In August 2015, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa sentence Mills to one year of probation and no jailtime, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:
In giving probation with no jail time to a Milwaukee man charged with 55 counts of buying firearms with fake identification and dealing them without a license, a federal judge delivered a message:
“People kill people,” U.S. District Rudolph Randa said, echoing a common gun rights slogan. “Guns don’t kill people.”
Dontray Mills, 24, purchased a total of 27 firearms, mostly handguns, between December 2012 and April 2014 and pleaded guilty to one of the charges on April 22, 2014, after an ATF investigation. As a result of the conviction, Mills will never again be able to buy firearms legally.
On Wednesday, he was sentenced. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors agreed with the one year of probation.
Randa said he recognized the seriousness of the offense and acknowledged the problem of guns winding up in the hands of people who use them to commit violence.
But Mills, Randa said, did not come across as a typical defendant because of his good behavior since the charges and his life ambitions, which include becoming a rap musician. While on bail, Mills twice traveled to Los Angeles to work on a film and to pursue his musical aspirations.
Randa said he had seen plenty of people facing similar charges who bought firearms for friends and then took no responsibility for their actions. Mills, he said, has accepted responsibility.
So, it’s true that Dontray Mills was sentenced to one year of probation after initially being charged with 55 federal counts. No information has been made public, so it’s not clear whether or not Mills provided state evidence that led to other convictions as part of the plea bargain.
Did the DOJ get Dontray Mills off of gun charges?