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WEDNESDAY - May 12, 2010


GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court late yesterday Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced WILLIAM MARSHALL WHITE, 56, of Whiteville, North Carolina, to 32 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. The Court also imposed a fine of $2,000.00.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 21, 2009. On February 9, 2010, WHITE pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In July, 2008, WHITE was placed on probation for a state felony conviction. WHITE failed to tell his Probation Officer about one of two firearms that were located in his residence. Instead, WHITE took the undisclosed firearm, a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol, to his photo studio, Whitelight Studios, on South Madison Street, in Whiteville, North Carolina. On September 3, 2008, WHITE’s Probation Officer advised WHITE that he would be conducting a warrantless search of his residence and his photo studio according to the terms of Judgment. When confronted with the impending search of the studio, WHITE admitted that a semi-automatic pistol would be found there.

The Probation Officer went to the studio and asked WHITE where the firearm was located. WHITE pointed out the location. The Probation Officer called the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, who then seized the weapon, along with two magazines filled with several rounds of ammunition.

At the sentencing hearing, the circumstances of WHITE’s prior felony conviction were discussed. In connection with WHITE’s offense, Felony Indecent Liberates with a Child, it was learned that WHITE had broken into a residence and tried to convince a minor that she should come to his studio so that he could take pictures of her.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN)initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore represented the government.


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