Suffolk woman sentenced for firearms conspiracy, obstruction

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk woman is facing one year in prison and six months of house arrest for helping her husband possess firearms after he was convicted of a felony — and tried to obstruct a federal investigation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said 42-year-old Christina Danielle Patterson helped her husband and another person buy, sell and keep in their home more than 20 guns.

Patterson lied about it in an interview of ATF agents, and tried to contact a witness in an attempt to have them create false receipts showing that she — and not her husband — sold a gun.

Prosecutors said Patterson also changed the registered business address in an attempt to invalidate a federal search warrant.

Patterson agreed to cooperate with authorities after she was indicted and detained before a trial.

However, prosecutors said she continued to undermine the investigation against her husband by giving statements that contradicted witnesses and falsely exonerated herself of any wrongdoing.

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