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WEDNESDAY, August 2, 2006

RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that CHARLES ROBERT BAREFOOT, JR., 45, of Benson, North Carolina, was indicted today by a federal grand jury. On June 15, 2005, BAREFOOT was indicted on charges of illegal storage of explosive materials and distribution of explosive materials to an individual under the age of twenty-one.

The Superseding Indictment filed today also charges BAREFOOT with conspiracy to possess stolen firearms; possession of stolen firearms; solicitation to commit a crime of violence; and possession of explosives with intent to kill or injury persons and to unlawfully damage and destroy real and personal property;

The Superseding Indictment alleges that BAREFOOT conspired with Daniel Leigh Barefoot, Sharon Renee Barefoot, Jonathan Ashley Avery, Jonathan Maynard, Marvin Glen Gautier, Michael Anthony Brewer and Rossie Lynwood Strickland to possess and sell stolen firearms. The seven co-conspirators were charged by separate indictment and have pled guilty. They are awaiting sentencing. The conspiracy alleged in the Superseding Indictment states that on October 13, 2001, Daniel Barefoot, Jonathan Avery and Jonathan Maynard, acting at the direction of BAREFOOT, stole approximately 31 firearms from an outbuilding at a residence in Benson, North Carolina. The stolen firearms were taken to the residence of BAREFOOT, where they were cleaned in order to remove fingerprints. On or about October 14, 2001, BAREFOOT and Marvin Glen Gautier transported some of the stolen firearms to a barn in order to hide them. BAREFOOT and Gautier subsequently transported some of the stolen firearms to the residence of Michael Anthony Brewer, who purchased the firearms from BAREFOOT.

The Superseding Indictment also alleges that in or about November of 2001, BAREFOOT solicited another individual to aid and abet him in maliciously damaging and destroying, by means of an explosive, the Johnston County, North Carolina Courthouse and Sheriff’s Office and that he possessed explosives with the knowledge they would be used to kill, injure, and intimidate others and damage and destroy property.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial date has not yet been set.

 

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