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Twin Cities woman pleads guilty to 'straw purchase' of nearly 100 guns for black-market buyers

Elwood and her fiancé likely face 70 to 87 months in prison for the straw purchase scheme


December 30, 2021

Sarah Jean Elwood

A woman who purchased nearly 100 guns for black-market buyers pleaded guilty this week to one federal charge.

As part of a plea deal, Sarah Jean Elwood, 34, of Crystal admitted to buying 97 guns over the course of a year - including 62 in a single month - from gun shops across the Twin Cities, and then reselling them to third parties for $100 each.

This process, known as "straw purchasing," is a significant driver of the illegal gun market that is arming criminals and driving violent crime in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In a typical straw purchase, the buyer has no felony conviction or other factor disqualifying them from owning a firearm. But they are really buying the weapon for someone else, who's either legally ineligible or doesn't want a paper trail linking them to the weapon.


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