Chicago man sentenced to more than six years for illegal gun sales
By Christen Smith
A Chicago man will spend more than six years in prison after pleading guilty to selling guns without a license.
Jymil Campbell, 31, admitted in August he illegally sold 13 firearms to two confidential informants working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to a plea agreement filed in the Northern District of Illinois, the informants bought multiple 9mm handguns and several rifles — including a Norinco model SKS 7.62mm — for $8,700 over a nine month period beginning in January 2016. The informants told Campbell they planned to use the guns for protection while selling drugs.
“No illegal sales of any firearms – especially in this time and place – should be accepted, let alone 13,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Devlin N. Su argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum filed in November. “Chicagoans are extremely fortunate that the buyers of the weapons turned out to be working for law enforcement, because any willingness to inject guns onto the streets fuels the violence.”
Campbell also pleaded guilty to one count of illegal possession. According to court documents, a Cook County Circuit Court convicted Campbell for home invasion and armed robbery in 2005.
The 78 month sentence falls short of the prosecution’s recommended punishment