FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - March 6, 2008
TEEN PLEADS TO POSSESSION OF A FIREARM ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court TERRANCE COPELAND, who was 18 at the time of the crime, of Edenton, North Carolina pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel 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.
George Holding, United States Attorney said, “In order to keep our children, teachers and school workers safe, we will unhesitatingly prosecute those that grossly violate laws made to protect them.” He continued, “The School Resource Officers at John A. Holmes High School deserve our thanks for their alertness and professional handling of the situation.”
Sentencing is scheduled for June 2, 2008 in New Bern.
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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