SW Virginia woman convicted of lying, buying guns for son with violent past


A Tazewell County woman has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to purchasing guns for her son who is a convicted felon and has a history of violence.

Glenna Elswick, 50, made false statements on ATF forms by indicating she was buying the weapons for her own use, prosecutors said. She purchased seven guns including an AR style semi-automatic rifle between October 2016 and February 2017.

Her son, Matthew Elswick, has a history of mental health issues and has prior convictions for arson and burglary. He was captured with some of the guns purchased by his mother after an armed standoff with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, according to court information.

Evidence presented at his sentencing showed he has a history of violence, the information said.

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