Three people jailed for converting and selling pistols and ammo

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A converted firearm

Three people who were found guilty for their part in the illegal conversion of blank firing pistols and cartridges have today (5 September) been jailed for a total of 52 years.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard Carlington Grant, 41, and Khianna Lewis, 34, bought 43 replica pistols for around £150 each and 1160 blank firing cartridges from an online replica handguns dealer in 2016.

Following a conversion process each firearm was then sold for approximately £1,500.

The defendants were arrested along with 30-year-old Jermaine Dornan who was assisting in selling the guns to the criminal underworld.

They were found guilty and jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for the following offences:-

  • Carlington Grant – two counts of conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited firearms and one count of conspiracy to possess ammunition. He was jailed for 26 years
  • Khianna Lewis – two counts of conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited firearms and one count of conspiracy to possess ammunition. She was jailed for 17 years
  • Jermaine Dornan – conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited firearms, conspiracy to possess ammunition.  He pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled drug of class C with intent. He was jailed for nine years

Warren Stanier from the CPS said: “These individuals worked together to source, purchase, convert and then sell firearms and bullets into the criminal fraternity. Their motivation was greed.

“They had scant regard to the devastation that such weapons cause to people’s lives and their illegal activities have put innocent members of the public in danger."

Notes to editors

  • Warren Stanier is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands Complex Casework Unit
  • Carlington Grant DOB is 10.9.76
  • Khianna Lewis DOB is 17.10.83
  • Jermaine Dornan DOB is 23.12.87

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