Cleveland woman indicted for straw purchase of rifle used in attempted robbery

07/5/18 11:30 AM | by

A federal jury indicted a Cleveland woman last week for straw purchasing a rifle that later turned up at a crime scene, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Marshyia S. Ligon, 20, faces one count of making false statements in the acquisition of a firearm. According to court documents, Ligon allegedly bought a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle from Sherwin Shooting Sports in Eastlake, Ohio, in October.

Law enforcement recovered the same rifle a week later at Willoughby Eastlake Schools Credit Union during an investigation into an attempted robbery.

Two masked men dropped two rifles — including the one with the same serial number as Ligon’s — at the entrance of the bank after spotting a uniformed police officer standing guard, according to a report from the Patch.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in March the Department of Justice would renew focus on prosecuting cases involving buyers who lie on federal background check forms. While the department has caught dozens of such transactions in the last four months, including this man in Tennessee and eight people in Rhode Island.

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