Officers Shot: Man Charged with Buying Gun
MILWAUKEE - A 21-year-old man was charged in Federal Court with lying to buy a pistol and then giving it 18-year-old Julius Burton. Burton was charged with using the gun to shoot two Milwaukee Police officers on Tuesday.
Prosecutors charged Jacob D. Collins with making a false statement to buy a Taurus Pistol from Badger Guns, Inc.
Collins allegedly filled out a federal gun sale form and declared that the gun he purchased was for personal use. Instead, prosecutors say he bought it for Burton. About one month later, prosecutors say Burton used the gun to shoot two Milwaukee Police Officers.
Those officers were seriously wounded.
In court, attorneys said Burton paid Collins $60 to fill out the gun sale paperwork and then return to the store to pick up the gun days later.
"He purchased a firearm that was not for himself, it was for another person who was not legally able to have that firearm or purchase that firearm on their own," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Resler.
Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence ruled that Collins can be released on a signature bond. He will be put on electronic monitoring. His release also includes a series of conditions including not owning a gun. When he is released, he will live at his mother's house.
Collins' family members were in Federal Court and cried during the hearing. "They are sorry for what happened to the officers," said Collins' attorney Daniel Stiller. "Their thoughts are with the officers and the officers' families," he said.
Attorney Stiller also said, "I'm grateful to both the prosecutor and the judge for their ability to separate what my client is alleged to have done a month ago from that which happened two days ago without his participation or knowledge."
Attorneys discussed Collins' criminal record in Federal Court Thursday. He was involved with a theft case at age 11, failing to appear in court at age 18, and carrying a concealed knife at age 20.
He will appear in court again on June 25.