Woman pleads guilty to 7 counts of straw gun purchases
By Chris Eger
Vikki Towns-Perez is set to serve five to 10 years in the state penitentiary after purchasing several handguns for her now-murdered nephew. (Photo: WPVI)
A Pennsylvania woman will serve up to a decade in prison after pleading guilty this week to buying firearms for her nephew who was barred from gun ownership.
Vikki Towns-Perez, 36, of Chester, was sentenced to five to 10 years by a Delaware County Common Pleas Court judge on Tuesday, as reported by the Delaware County Daily Times. Her negotiated plea included six consolidated third-degree felony counts of selling a firearm to an ineligible transferee and one count of the same charge as a second-degree felony.
According to Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan’s office, Towns-Perez bought at least nine handguns between February 2012 and May 2013, to include several Kel-Tec 9mm semi-autos. Although she purchased them under her own name, the guns were for her nephew, who she thought to have been convicted of numerous crimes. In each case, Towns-Perez pocketed $150-200.
Five of the handguns went on to be recovered by authorities after being used in felonies. One was tied to a drug-related homicide.
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