Arkansas man sentenced to seven years for gun trafficking in Chicago
By Christen Smith
Some of the guns Klint Kelley, 28, sold to a convicted felon turned confidential informant. (Photo: ATF/PACER)
An Arkansas man will spend seven years in prison after admitting he sold nearly two dozen firearms to a convicted felon in Chicago last year.
Klint Kelley, 28, pleaded guilty in March to one count of unlawfully engaging in the business of dealing firearms after selling an old friend turned confidential informant 21 guns in April, July and September of last year.
“In a city that has seen shootings and homicides in astronomical numbers, illegal transportation of firearms and to a known convicted felon should not be tolerated,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tobara S. Richardson said last month. “Defendant knowingly engaged in criminal conduct that contributes to one of the worst aspects of the city.”
Kelley moved to Malvern, Arkansas from Chicago more than a decade ago to escape the violence and strife of city life, according to a police affidavit filed last year. He knew the confidential informant for more than 15 years and admitted being aware of the informant’s prior felony convictions. Seized cell phone records proved Kelley traveled to and from the city during the same weekends he sold the informant guns.
The purchased guns — totaling