City woman is convicted for guns purchase

Posted: July 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

ALEXANDRIA — A Winchester woman has been found guilty of knowingly purchasing an assault pistol for a convicted felon.

Brita Lanette Jackson, 51, was convicted following a June 4 bench trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on charges of making a false statement in connection with the purchase of a firearm and conspiracy to aid and abet a convicted felon in the possession of firearms.

Jackson, who faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 in the same court.

According to court records and evidence presented during the trial, agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives observed Jackson on May 24, 2012, purchasing an AK-47-style assault pistol from a firearms dealer in Manassas.

She indicated on official paperwork that the firearm was for her, but she actually intended to transfer the weapon to a convicted felon who accompanied her to the store, according to court documents.

“Defendant appeared nervous and impatient while the paperwork for the firearm transaction was in the process of being completed,” a court order states. “She said that her friend outside could not wait much longer.”

After she purchased the weapon, ATF agents followed Jackson — who entered a vehicle outside, driven by a convicted felon identified as Winchester resident Timothy McLeod.

The two rode back to McLeod’s residence in the 800 block of Butler Avenue in Winchester.

“While at the residence, [an agent] watched as Mr. McLeod and [Jackson] entered the house,” the document states. “Shortly thereafter, [Jackson] emerged from the residence alone and retrieved the firearm from Mr. McLeod’s vehicle.”

The court documents state that an agent attempted to stop Jackson, drew his firearm and identified himself, but she did not comply and entered the house with the gun and locked the door behind her.

ATF agents entered the residence and detained McLeod and Jackson and, with local officers, searched the home.

In addition to the weapon, officers confiscated a Taurus PT709 9mm handgun, an “upper” or barrel of a Mac-10 assault pistol, an SKS magazine capable of use in the Draco pistol purchased by Jackson on that day, three firearm holsters, assorted rifle and pistol ammunition, the bill of sale for a Taurus handgun, the bill of sale for a Glock 33 handgun, the bill of sale for a Beretta 9005 handgun and assorted Valley Trader magazines that included circles around classified advertisements for firearms.

“The bill of sale for the Glock 33 handgun was dated May 9, 2012, but the gun itself was not located in the residence,” court documents state. “The Beretta 9005 handgun listed in the bill of sale was also absent from the residence.”

Jackson told an ATF agent that she knew McLeod was a convicted felon and that she purchased firearms for him because he could not purchase them for himself.

“[Jackson] estimated that she had purchased between 15 and 20 firearms for Mr. McLeod between January of 2012 and May 24, 2012,” court documents state.

She said he would circle firearms that he wanted in the Valley Trader magazines and that she would contact the sellers to purchase them.

“[Jackson] told [an agent] that she did not know what Mr. McLeod was doing with the firearms after she purchased and gave them to him,” according to court documents.

The case was investigated by ATF’s Washington Field Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam B. Schwartz is prosecuting the case.

According to online court documents, McLeod has twice been convicted in Winchester Circuit Court of driving with a suspended or revoked license and concealment. He has a distribution of cocaine charge and a conspiracy to distribute cocaine charge pending in the same court.

McLeod apparently has no pending charges in U.S. District Court stemming from Jackson’s case.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com