A 35-year-old man has pled guilty to dozens of felony charges for purchasing firearms that he sold to individuals in other countries who used the weapons to commit crimes, including homicide.
Kingsley Wilson, of Kissimmee, pled guilty to the charges in the U.S. Middle District of Florida, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on November 17. Wilson pled guilty to one count of dealing in firearms without a license, 14 counts of making a materially false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer, and 14 counts of causing a federally licensed firearms dealer to maintain false information in its official records.
According to a plea agreement, Wilson purchased 92 firearms from multiple gun dealers throughout central Florida between January 2022 and July 2023.
During the transactions, Wilson certified that he was the “actual transferee/buyer” of the firearms on firearm transaction records (ATF Form 4473).
Wilson did not keep the firearms and, instead, sold them to other individuals in exchange for monetary payments. In court, cell phone conversations between Wilson and other individuals about the illegal purchase and transfer of firearms were presented as evidence.
According to authorities, ten of the firearms purchased by Wilson have been recovered by law enforcement at crime scenes in the Bahamas and Canada, including multiple homicides.
Wilson faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for dealing in firearms without a license, ten years for each count of making a materially false statement, and five years for each count of creating false records.
A sentencing date was not cited in the press release.