Delco woman sentenced to 5 years for straw purchase

A Delaware County woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday for illegally buying firearms for her boyfriend, the Delaware County District Attorney's office announced.

Ericka Kulp, 23, of Aldan Borough, received a five to 10-year sentence and was immediately taken into custody.

Assistant District Attorney Meaghan Wagner told the court she informed the defense in January that the Commonwealth intended to invoke the mandatory minimum under the Officer Brad Fox law. 

In October, Kulp was charged with illegally buying two guns for her boyfriend, known as straw gun purchases.

In April, police responded to a domestic disturbance between Kulp and her boyfriend and seized two handguns from her residence. In an unrelated case in July, Chester police recovered a 9mm Glock 26 handgun fitted with a fully-loaded 50-round drum magazine that was registered to Kulp. 

When questioned by police, Kulp said she bought the guns for her boyfriend knowing he was not able to purchase guns because he had been previously committed to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. She also admitted  providing false information on federal and state forms, the D.A.'s previously office said.

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