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Chester man found guilty of the illegal purchase of two guns

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Rashan Lemar DeJarnette was found guilty of firearms-related offenses pertaining to two firearms which he purchased at a gun show for a convicted felon. He was convicted after a two-day jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr. DeJarnette faces a five-year minimum mandatory state prison sentence under the Brad Fox Law.

Rashan Lemar DeJarnette, 22, of the 100 block of Worrell Street in Chester, was convicted of various gun-related charges including providing false information, tampering with public records, false statements, and false reports to law enforcement. He was arrested in September 2017 as the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Office of Attorney General's Gun Violence Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Deputy District Attorney George B. Dawson, Chief of the District Attorney’s Office’s Anti-Violence Task Force, prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

On June 6, 2017, CID Detective David Tyler met with Martin Dietz of the Office of Attorney General's Gun Violence Task Force in reference to a straw purchase and illegal transfer of a gun that occurred in May. As a result of further investigation, it was determined that DeJarnette filled out paperwork and purchased two firearms for a convicted felon in exchange for money.

During a gun show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania, DeJarnette along with three other males were observed handling and examining different guns. As the group browsed the guns, one of the males appeared to be in charge of selecting firearms for further examination. While at a vendor table, this same male, a convicted felon, was observed picking out two guns and showing them to DeJarnette. Later, this male was observed handling DeJarnette money which was for the purchase of the guns.

On May 4, 2017, investigators interviewed DeJarnette in reference to the two guns. During the interview, DeJarnette admitted he knew purchasing the firearms for someone else was illegal. DeJarnette admitted that he reported the guns stolen to the Chester Police Department because he was scared law enforcement was looking for him.

In partnership with police departments in Delaware County, the Office of the District Attorney launched an anti-crime straw purchase campaign to raise awareness about the serious nature of the illegal purchase and transfer of firearms and to make it known that those who commit gun crimes will be prosecuted.

District Attorney Katayoun Copeland noted that the District Attorney’s Anti-Violence Task Force and Gun Trafficking Unit will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to crack down on the illegal transfer and straw purchase of firearms and reduce crime throughout the county.

“We know that many of the illegal guns used in the streets for violence and crime are a result of straw purchases,” said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. “In the case of Rashan DeJarnette, he went to a gun show with the intent to illegally purchase these guns, showing a complete disregard for the law and the safety of his community. I would like to commend Detective Tyler, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Gun Task Force, and the ATF, for leading this investigation and Deputy District Attorney George B. Dawson who prosecuted this case.”

 

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 20, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4943