Ohio Woman Gets Probation for Fraudulent Plaistow, N.H. Gun Purchase

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Keri Horan was sentenced to two years of probation for falsifying details during a gun purchase in 2015. (File photograph)

An Ohio woman with previous ties to New Hampshire has been sentenced to two years of probation after officials said she falsified documents to purchase a firearm from a Plaistow, N.H. gun dealer in 2015.

Keri Horan, formerly of Salem, N.H., was sentenced in federal court Jan. 24 to two years of probation and a $100 fine in connection with the case, the Department of Justice told WHAV.

According to court documents, Horan purchased a 9 millimeter handgun from a Plaistow Road shop for Justin Weldy, a Massachusetts resident who once called Haverhill home. During the transaction, Horan falsely claimed she was purchasing the weapon for herself, when in fact she used money from Weldy and intended to turn the gun over to him.

“Those who make straw purchases of firearms often are putting guns in the hands of criminals,” U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said in a statement when Horan pleaded guilty in federal court to the “In order to combat crime and protect public safety, we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who unlawfully buy guns for others.”

Weldy previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the incident in an Essex County court, Murray’s office said.

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