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MONDAY, January 9, 2006

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that DANIEL LEIGH BAREFOOT, SHARON RENEE BAREFOOT, JONATHAN ASHLEY AVERY, JONATHAN MAYNARD, MARVIN GLEN GAUTIER, MICHAEL ANTHONY BREWER, and ROSSIE LYNWOOD STRICKLAND were indicted by a federal grand jury on December 21, 2005. The indictment was unsealed on January 9, 2005.

The indictment charges all seven defendants with conspiring to possess and sell stolen firearms. The indictment alleges that on October 13, 2001, DANIEL BAREFOOT, JONATHAN AVERY and JONATHAN MAYNARD stole approximately 31 firearms from an outbuilding at a residence in Benson, North Carolina. The stolen firearms were taken to the residence of SHARON BAREFOOT, where they were cleaned by SHARON BAREFOOT, DANIEL BAREFOOT, AVERY, MAYNARD and GAUTIER in order to remove fingerprints. The indictment further alleges that SHARON BAREFOOT, GAUTIER, and BREWER participated in the sale of some of the stolen firearms, and that BREWER himself purchased some of the stolen firearms.

In addition to the conspiracy charge against all of the defendants, DANIEL BAREFOOT is charged with one count of stealing firearms and one count of possessing stolen firearms; SHARON BAREFOOT is charged with two counts of possessing stolen firearms; AVERY and MAYNARD are each charged with one count of stealing firearms and two counts of possessing stolen firearms; GAUTIER is charged with two counts of possessing stolen firearms; BREWER is charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and one count of possessing a stolen firearm; and STRICKLAND is charged with one count of possessing stolen firearms and one count of selling two firearms to a person he knew was a convicted felon.

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. “This is what federal government is about, that is, the cooperation of the state and the United States government in protecting the people,” said Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are 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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