FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - April 25, 2011
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today JERRY DWAYNE LONG, 24, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox to acquisition of a firearm by false representation, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(2).
As alleged in the Criminal Complaint, on January 13, 2011, law enforcement officers were notified of threatening statements made by LONG and went to question him. During the interview, LONG showed officers five firearms. The officers also noticed remnants of marijuana cigarettes.
The Indictment, which was returned on February 16, 2011, alleges that on about September 9, 2010, LONG purchased a MasterPiece Arms 9mm pistol from Bull-Shooter’s Supply knowingly making a false written statement in the course of the acquisition. Specifically, the Indictment alleges that LONG stated falsely that he was not an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana, or any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.
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.
At sentencing, set for August 1, 2011, term of court, LONG faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and the Elizabeth City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian represented the government.
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