Woman pleads guilty to providing false statements in case related to 2016 homicide

Woman pleads guilty to providing false statements in case related to 2016 homicide
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By Alexa Epitropoulos | aepitropoulos@alextimes.com

A woman who purchased eight firearms in 34 days, among them two guns that were recovered during a homicide investigation in Alexandria, pleaded guilty on Friday to providing false statements to investigators, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Virginia.

Edna Aminata Conteh, 22, purchased two firearms, a Smith & Wesson BG380 .380 pistol and a Taurus 85 .38 special revolver, that were recovered at the murder scene of Saquan Hall in June of 2016.

The news release states that Conteh made a number of “materially false and misleading statements” during multiple interviews with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents regarding the eight firearms. Conteh claimed that all eight of the firearms, which she purchased between May 20 and June 23 of 2016, were stolen from her vehicle. 

The statement was determined to be false and misleading because Conteh knew one of her friends had accompanied her to at least one federal firearms licensee and had sold the weapons to a number of individuals, according to the news release.

Two of the firearms were recovered at the homicide scene of Saquan Hall on June 23. In addition, two other guns that Conteh purchased were recovered by law enforcement, including during the execution of a search warrant and during a traffic stop in Prince George’s County in Maryland. 

DiJuan Marquie Clark, 32, pleaded guilty to the charges of second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of murder on March 16 and was sentenced to 31 years of active incarceration in prison on July 27 of this year.

Conteh faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on March 23, 2018.