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Gun thief from Illinois sentenced after helping steal 455 firearms

Gun thief from Illinois sentenced after helping steal 455 firearms

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EAST ST. LOUIS   •   Denis M. Joiner, 20, of Chicago, was sentenced in federal court here Friday to nine years in prison for a series of thefts from gun stores in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, prosecutors said.

Joiner and three other Chicago men stole a total of 455 guns, prosecutors said, including 124 from a Salem, Ill., store known as “Hunting Stuff,” that they then sold in Chicago.

The men also stole from Maxon Shooters Supplies in Des Plaines, Rinks Gun & Sport Inc. in Lockport and The Gun Doctor in Roselle, as well as Fletcher Gun in Waukeesha, Wis., and Deb’s Gun Range in Hammond, Ind., prosecutors said.

They were caught when one was arrested by police in Chicago after firing shots into the air on New Year's Day last year. His prints matched a box left at the scene of one of the thefts, they said.

Joiner pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, conspiracy to steal firearms and possession of stolen firearms.

Kevin Winford, was sentenced Nov. 2, 2012, to almost six years in prison. Antoine White was sentenced Nov. 16 to six and one-half years. The fourth man, Earl Warner, was murdered in Chicago in January of 2012, prosecutors said.

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