Chicago: Taniya Williams Sentenced For Making False Statements

Chicago Woman, Taniya Williams Sentenced For Making False Statements in Firearm Purchase

HAMMOND (STL.News) Taniya Williams, 22, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Jon DeGuilio after pleading guilty to the felony offense of making false statements in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Williams was sentenced to 5 months in prison, 5 months home detention, and 1 year of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, on November 12, 2020, Williams purchased a semi-automatic pistol from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Lake County, Indiana.  At the time of the purchase, Williams, a Chicago resident under felony indictment for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, falsely stated that she was an Indiana resident and that she did not have any pending felony charges against her.  These false statements were in violation of federal law.  Williams was subsequently convicted of felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in Illinois.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives along with the Chicago Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Padilla.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.