Posted: Friday July 17, 2009 12:26PM; Updated: Friday July 17, 2009 8:25PM Feds arrest convicted murder who allegedly provided McNair gun
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair's mistress bought the gun she used to kill him from a convicted murderer whose fiancee was afraid to have it in the house, authorities said on Friday.
Adrian J. Gilliam Jr., 33, was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted selling a 9 mm Bryco/Jennings to Sahel Kazemi for $100, according to court documents.
Kazemi, 20, shot McNair to death at his condo on July 4 before killing herself. Authorities say she met Gilliam while she was trying to sell her car and told him she was looking to buy a gun.
A criminal complaint says Gilliam -- who was convicted in 1993 in Florida for murder and attempted armed robbery -- told police he sold the gun to Kazemi, whom he identified from a police photo.
Detectives traced the gun to its 2002 sale at a pawn shop. Gilliam eventually 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 at a news conference on Friday that Gilliam decided to sell the gun because his wife was afraid to have it in their house.
Federal Public Defender Hugh Mundy said Gilliam was not married but engaged to a woman with whom he has a 2-year-old daughter.
Gilliam has been out of jail for seven years and has had no other trouble with the law in that time, Mundy said.
"No one denies this is a tragedy," he said. "Steve McNair was one of Nashville's heroes. A lot of lives have already been ruined. But Mr. Gilliam is a decent, hardworking family man and there's no reason to ruin his life too."
Gilliam faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was in court on Friday but a hearing to set bond was delayed until Wednesday. Authorities believe McNair was likely asleep when Kazemi put the pistol to his head and pulled the trigger. She put two more slugs into his chest and a fourth bullet into the other side of his head before shooting herself.
McNair, a married father of four, walked away from the NFL last year. "Air McNair" was known as a gutsy quarterback who played through serious injuries and led his Tennessee Titans to a Super Bowl.
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