KAMDEN – A woman from Georgia has admitted her role in an attempt to illegally sell weapons in South Jersey.
Jesse Hill of Dalton pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden on Wednesday, eight days after a similar confession by her alleged accomplice Dylan Yanchelli of Pittman.
The couple were arrested in August 2021 after Mantua police stopped them in a car carrying a dozen guns purchased in Georgia, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.
The federal prosecutor’s office claimed that Hill bought the weapons without disclosing that she had purchased them for others.
It claimed that she and Yanchelli, who met online earlier that year, were counting on more than $ 2,500 in arms sales in South Jersey.
Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have warned Mantua police about the possible presence of weapons in the couple’s car.
The 26-year-old Hill pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell weapons without a federal license and in false statements to a licensed arms dealer, according to the court record.
The 28-year-old Jancelli pleaded guilty March 8 before conspiracy to give false testimony in the acquisition of firearms and illegal activities in the trade in firearms.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm as a result of being convicted of a crime.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Rodriguez has ordered Hill’s sentencing on July 19 in federal court in Camden.
Jim Walsh covers state security, economic development and other articles for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal.
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