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convicted felon sentenced for trafficking firearms

September 6, 2012

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced a man charged with possessing firearms by a convicted felon.   WILLIAM JOSEPH LOVE, 41, of Littleton, North Carolina received 77 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 9, 2010, charging LOVE with four violations of federal firearms laws.  LOVE entered a guilty plea on October 11, 2011, to possession of a firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to evidence presented in Court, two controlled buys were arranged in which stolen firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun, and ammunition were purchased from LOVE.  LOVE was prohibited to possess firearms and ammunition under federal law due to his prior conviction of breaking and entering and larceny.  Based on the number of firearms sold by LOVE, the Court determined that LOVE trafficked firearms.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Raleigh office.

The federal prosecution was handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Glenn Perry.  Mr. Perry is a prosecutor with the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office. Pitt County District Attorney Clark Everett assigned Mr. Perry to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. His assignment to the United States Attorney’s Office has been made possible by grants funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission.



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