FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - June 10, 2008
TEEN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced TERRANCE COPELAND, 19, of Edenton, North Carolinato four months’ imprisonment and two years supervised release following his term of confinement. On March 6, 2008, COPELAND, who was 18 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm on school property, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(q)(2)(A). On May 10, 2007, during the early morning hours, someone broke into Bob’s Guns and Coins in Edenton, North Carolina and stole several firearms. Later that day, COPELAND brought one of the firearms taken from the break-in to John A. Holmes High School in Edenton, North Carolina. School Resource Officers became suspicious after observing COPELAND, a student at the school, gambling and flashing money. COPELAND was searched and officers found a Bersa Thunder .40 caliber handgun on his person.
Mr. Holding said, “It is vitally important that our schools be places of safety and security so that our children can learn and so that parents need not fear for their children while they are there. As such, I am proud that my office could partner with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Edenton Police Department to address this situation. And, I hope, that Judge Flanagan’s sentence sets this defendant, and others like him, on a better and safer path.”
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Edenton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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