The Warminster man who traded away his dying father’s firearms for meth has pleaded guilty. He will join his three co-conspirators in confinement for a collective 25 to 50 years.
Justin Burks, 49, finally admitted his scheme to authorities in early September. Burks was sentenced to 10-20 years in state prison.
From Apr. 2017 to Apr. 2018, Burks gave away 13 firearms to co-defendants in return for meth, and sold five to gun stores. Several guns were still in Burks’ possession as he planned to trade them away before being caught. However, at least one firearm is missing, and additional weapons may be in circulation as well.
“Any day now we may turn on the news and find out there’s a dead kid somewhere, shot by one of these guns,” Judge Jeffrey L. Finley said.
One of Burks’ traded firearms was located in New Jersey during a separate investigation, while another was in the hands of a 17-year-old Philadelphia resident.
Co-conspirator Lacey Williams was sentenced Wednesday to 11 to 22 years in state prison. Williams alone purchased seven of the firearms, and pleaded guilty this past June.
Joseph Jackson, 55, purchased two firearms from Burks. Police recovered one on his person, with another in a vehicle associated with Williams. Jackson will spend three to six years in state prison.
Joseph O’Donnell, 60, traded cash and a generator to Burks in return for four firearms. His plea deal includes 11.5 to 23 months in county jail.
Additionally, all three co-defendants including Williams, Jackson, and O’Donnell, were legally barred from owning firearms.