Atlanta criminal defense attorney Brian Steel. (Chris Hunt/Special)
According to court records, Connor traveled to Georgia after being released from custody in California. On July 1, he went to a pawn shop in Jonesboro with a straw buyer and tried unsuccessfully to buy five firearms.
Two days later, the straw buyer returned to the pawn shop and bought four firearms, a ballistic vest and ammunition, prosecutors said. ATF agents and state troopers then followed the buyer to the Intercontinental Hotel where he met with Connor. Agents and troopers apprehended the fashion designer as he approached his car.
In a sentencing memo, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Plummer recommended that Connor be sentenced to 15 months in prison.
“Prior lenient sentences of probation failed to deter Connor from disregarding the fact that he is prohibited from possessing a firearm,” Plummer wrote. “There is a need to protect the public from the further crimes of the defendant.”
Plummer added, “The favorable history and characteristics of defendant Connor being self-employed as a trendsetting clothing entrepreneur are offset by his firearms fetish.”
In imposing sentence, Totenberg recommended that Connor continue to receive intensive individual and group mental health counseling during his term of confinement.
Once released from federal custody, Connor’s legal problems are far from over. Separately, state authorities in California have moved to revoke Connor’s remaining probation of five years and eight months for violating its terms and conditions there.