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Virginia Man Sentenced For Firearm Offense In North Carolina

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced WILLIAM JACKSON HARVEY, JR, 53, of Virginia, to 96 months imprisonment to run concurrent with his  term of imprisonment previously imposed by the State of Virginia.  He was convicted by the State of Virginia for grand larceny and nonviolent felon in possession of a firearm within 10 years.

On March 23, 2015 HARVEY pleaded guilty to the federal charge of possession of a stolen firearm on July 4, 2013.

According to the investigation, on July 18, 2013, a report of stolen firearms was made by the store clerk of People’s Pawn Shop in Kinston when two guns were sold to them.  The store clerk advised officers that WILLIAM JACKSON HARVEY, JR. sold a New England .223 rifle and a .22 revolver, to the shop claiming that the guns were his father’s firearms.  The firearms were reported stolen along with a third gun, a Taurus .38 revolver, and a 2012 Ford F-250 on July 4, 2013 out of Hanover County, Virginia.  On July 23, 2013, HARVEY was arrested in Richmond, Virginia by the U.S. Marshals Service.  The truck and one of the three firearms were not recovered.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, Kinston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted the case for the government.

Updated October 23, 2015