Active-duty US Navy servicewoman from Norfolk admits to illegal gun buy

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP/WAVY) — An active-duty member of the U.S. Navy has admitted she helped a New Jersey couple illegally purchase five handguns in Virginia.

Twenty-four-year-old Tesora Amanda Cortes Trejorojas, of Norfolk, Virginia, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiring with others to transport and receive in New Jersey firearms purchased and obtained outside the state.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey said Trejorojas admitted that she exchanged texts with Azia Sinclair in November 2017 in which she agreed to buy guns for Sinclair and her boyfriend, Shyheim Tyson, aka “Shy.”

Prosecutors said the couple drove to Trejorojas’ home in Norfolk, before all three went to a gun store in Norfolk. Once there, Trejorojas bought five semiautomatic handguns and 200 rounds of ammunition with cash given to her by Sinclair and Tyson.

Hours after the couple returned to New Jersey — with the guns and ammunition — a person was arrested after police responded to the sound of gunshots. Officers recovered one of the guns Sinclair and Tyson had transported from Virginia during the arrest.

Another one of the firearms was found in March 2018 after authorities executed a search warrant at Sinclair’s Newark home.

Tyson was sentenced to three years in prison in early January after he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. Sinclair is still awaiting trial.

Trejorojas faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on Sept. 25.

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