Man who sold gun that killed McNair enters guilty plea

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 3:44pm

Adrian Gilliam, 33, pleaded guilty to felony gun charges in federal court today for possessing a 9mm pistol as a felon — a weapon later used to kill former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair.

Gilliam was arrested after telling federal agents he sold the gun to Sahel "Jenny" Kazemi, 20, who police say shot herself and McNair on July 4, the day after she bought the pistol for $100.

By possessing the weapon after serving time in Florida for attempted armed robbery and second degree murder in 1993, Gilliam could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

When Gilliam’s daughter, who isn’t more than 4 years old, caught sight of her shackled father shuffling into the courtroom through a side entrance, she shouted, “That’s my daddy!”

“We’re going to go in there right now,” Gilliam’s mother-in-law replied. Neither she nor his fiancé would comment. “But you can’t say nothing to him.”

“Why?”

“Because Daddy can’t say nothing right now.”

Gilliam will be sentenced Dec. 18, and, though unlikely, he may not be released until the little girl is a teenager if he receives the maximum sentence.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Nash19 on 9/25/09 at 5:09

Boo-freaking-who. Why not explain to you child why you are in handcuffs and killed someone in Florida? And seriously, what does the kid's reaction have to do with the story? How about having some snippets from the families of those he harmed?

By: govskeptic on 9/26/09 at 9:00

The guy has plead guilty. What else could he do, he's made a
hugh mistake and admits it. He apparently has gone very
straight since prison release in Fl, but should have never owned
the gun. That's the law he broke-owning it-not selling it.

By: Rapunzle on 9/26/09 at 9:54

To Nash19; This man did not kill anyone, he merely sold the gun. He is guilty of very poor judgement and of having the gun in the first place, but not of the death of McNair. And heaven forbid you ever have to stand by and explain to your child why someone they love has done something to hurt them. Apparently this man was a good father for his daughter to be so excited to see him. This man has made some poor decisions in his life, but he is NOT guilty of McNair's death.