In a recent development, an Anchorage inmate has been indicted for orchestrating the purchase of firearms with an Oregon woman. The federal grand jury in Alaska returned an indictment charging that Dominique Kyle James Swain, while in prison, directed Abigail Corinne Elaine Sturdevant to purchase firearms on his behalf. Sturdevant falsely claimed to be the actual buyer while knowing that the firearms were bought for Swain. Both individuals are now facing charges related to the conspiracy to straw purchase firearms, with Swain also facing additional charges of being a felon in possession of firearms. This case sheds light on the importance of monitoring and addressing illegal firearm transactions, highlighting the collaborative efforts of the ATF, the FBI, and local law enforcement agencies in combating violent crime.
Anchorage Inmate Indicted for Orchestrating Purchase of Firearms with Oregon Woman
In a recent turn of events, Dominique Kyle James Swain, an inmate in Anchorage, has been indicted for orchestrating the purchase of firearms with an Oregon woman, Abigail Corinne Elaine Sturdevant. This incident has raised concerns regarding the safety and security of firearms purchase and possession, as well as the involvement of individuals with criminal backgrounds in such illegal activities.
Charges and Arrest
Swain’s arrest took place in Oregon in January 2022, due to violating his supervised release from a previous federal criminal case in the District of Alaska. As a convicted felon, Swain was not allowed to purchase or possess firearms. Following his arrest, he was transported from Oregon to Alaska to face charges related to his violation of supervised release.
Conspiracy to Straw Purchase Firearms
During his time in custody in Anchorage, Swain directed Sturdevant, who was in Oregon at the time, to purchase firearms on his behalf. Sturdevant agreed and proceeded to purchase several specific models of firearms at Swain’s direction. They both knew that Sturdevant was not the actual buyer, but she falsely claimed to be so during the purchases. Swain and Sturdevant are now facing charges for conspiracy to straw purchase firearms.
Felon in Possession of Firearms
In addition to the charge of conspiracy to straw purchase firearms, Swain is further charged as a felon in possession of firearms. This charge carries serious penalties, as convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms due to the risks of potential violence and harm to individuals and communities.
If convicted, both Swain and Sturdevant face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. However, it is important to note that the final sentence will be determined by a federal district court judge, who will consider various factors such as the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), together with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Eugene Police Department, are currently conducting an investigation into this case. Their aim is to gather all necessary evidence to ensure a fair and thorough legal process.
U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker of the District of Alaska has made the announcement regarding the indictment. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Tran is in charge of prosecuting the case, ensuring that the evidence against Swain and Sturdevant is presented effectively and fairly in court.
Project Safe Neighborhoods
This case falls under Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that aims to reduce violent crime within communities. By bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, PSN identifies the most pressing violent crime problems and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. The program focuses on enforcement efforts against the most violent offenders, while also partnering with prevention and reentry programs to achieve lasting reductions in crime.
Presumption of Innocence
It is important to remember that an indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants, including Swain and Sturdevant, are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. The legal process will unfold, allowing for the presentation of evidence and arguments from both the prosecution and defense, before a final judgment is made.
For further information on this case or any related inquiries, please reach out to E. Bryan Wilson, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, at Bryan.Wilson@usdoj.gov.
In conclusion, the indictment of Dominique Kyle James Swain and Abigail Corinne Elaine Sturdevant for orchestrating the purchase of firearms highlights the importance of enforcing regulations regarding firearms purchase and possession. This case underscores the need for vigilance in preventing individuals with criminal backgrounds from accessing firearms, as well as the imperative for comprehensive investigations and prosecution to maintain public safety. Through initiatives like Project Safe Neighborhoods, efforts are being made to reduce violent crime and promote community safety. As the legal process unfolds, it is crucial to remember the presumption of innocence and allow for a fair and thorough examination of the evidence and arguments presented in court.