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Appeals court upholds sentence in straw gun purchase

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2015 12:35 PM
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(Harrisburg) --  An appeals court has upheld the sentence of nearly six to 12 years for a southeastern Pennsylvania woman in the first use of a new law aimed at cracking down on people who illegally buy guns for others.  

A Superior Court panel recently denied 24-year-old Staci Dawson's appeal of the term imposed a year ago by a Delaware County judge.  

Dawson was convicted of having bought two guns for her boyfriend, a felon who was later killed.

Prosecutors say she was the first person to receive a five-year mandatory minimum under the law enacted last year after Brad Fox, a Plymouth Township officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty by a man using a gun purchased by someone else. 

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