Manassas woman sentenced to 18 months for illegal sales of guns

A Manassas woman was sentenced last week for buying more than 31 handguns at three guns shows throughout Virginia and illegally reselling them.

Kimberly Yvette Dinkins, 44, was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton, according to a news release from the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

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Nineteen of the guns that Dinkins bought at gun shows in Chantilly, Richmond and Hampton on three consecutive weekends from Nov. 17 through Dec. 1, 2012, have not been recovered, according to court documents. Two were recovered as a part of narcotics investigations in Prince George’s County.

“The defendant’s actions placed firearms in the hands of juveniles and drug dealers,” prosecutors said in court papers.

However, because Dinkins had no previous criminal record, prosecutors said that a sentence of 18 months would be sufficient. Her defense attorneys had argued for a sentence of one year and one day.

W. Todd Watson, one of her attorneys, declined comment Monday. In court papers defense attorneys said that Dinkins had lost her job as a corporate recruiter and was struggling to make ends meet. They also described her as a mother who had never before seen the inside of a jail cell. “She embarked on a course of conduct that seems unfathomable to her now when. . . she determined that she would attempt to sell firearms from her home to make some money. In fact, she lost money,” defense attorneys said in court documents.

Dinkins, had at one time, worked for several large companies in the Washington region and earned a six-figure salary, according to court papers. Her parents, Byron and Shirley Jones, wrote in a letter to Judge Hilton that they received the news of their daughter’s arrest with “shock and disbelief.”

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