Felon pleads not guilty to selling gun

Updated: August 21, 2009, 5:04 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A convicted murderer pleaded not guilty Friday to selling the gun that was used to kill ex-NFL quarterback Steve McNair.

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Adrian Gilliam of La Vergne, Tenn., was charged last month with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, he admitted selling a loaded 9 mm Bryco/Jennings semiautomatic pistol for $100 to Sahel Kazemi. Nashville police said the woman used the weapon to kill McNair and herself on July 4.

Police said Kazemi met Gilliam while she was trying to sell her car and told him she was looking to buy a gun.

Detectives traced the gun to its 2002 sale at a pawn shop. Gilliam bought it from someone for $100 about a year or year and a half ago. Investigators said he told them he bought it for protection after his home was burglarized, and police reports show a burglary around that time.

Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas said last month Gilliam decided to sell the gun because his wife was afraid to have it in their house.

Federal public defender Hugh Mundy later said Gilliam is not married but is engaged to a woman with whom he has a 2-year-old daughter.

Mundy has said Gilliam deserves leniency. He has been out of jail for seven years and has had no other trouble with the law in that time, Mundy said.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman David Boling said a district judge should set a trial date soon. According to prosecutors, Gilliam was convicted in 1993 in Florida for murder and attempted armed robbery.

Gilliam faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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