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Two Charged For Stealing Hundreds Of Firearms From Local Casino Parking Lot

Pair Accused Of Stealing Trailer That Had More Than 300 Guns Inside

August 23, 2018 - 3:50 pm
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LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Remember that story about the two people accused of stealing guns from a trailer that was parked at a Henderson casino parking lot?

Those two people had their initial court appearances Thursday on charges related to the theft of more than 300 firearms inside a trailer belonging to a Federal Firearms Licensee, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Jill Snyder for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

28-year-old Samual Lane Donesing and 26-year-old Jaemillah Eagans were indicted with one count of possession of stolen firearms. Donesing is also charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm. They appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A jury trial is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II on October 15, 2018.

According to allegations in the complaint and indictment, on July 31, 2018, Donesing and Eagans, stole a truck and trailer containing more than 300 firearms along with ammunition and firearms accessories such as holsters and magazines. The truck and trailer were parked at the Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino and belonged to a Federal Firearms Licensee from Arizona. Law enforcement identified the defendants as suspects after hotel surveillance footage showed them driving away with the stolen truck and trailer. During an interview with law enforcement, Donesing and Eagans admitted to stealing the truck and trailer containing the firearms.

Donesing, a felon, is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm. He has four prior felony convictions in Clark County including forgery, possession of a stolen vehicle, grand larceny, and burglary.

If convicted, the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with assistance from the Henderson Police Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Mott is prosecuting the case.