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Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearm Possession after Posting Facebook Live Video

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Timothy Cureton, 29, was seen by Richmond police officers in a Facebook live video posted on January 25, displaying a brown handgun with an extended magazine. Officers suspected that Cureton stayed at an apartment in Creighton Court. Just five days later, on January 30, officers received information that individuals were storing illegal narcotics at an apartment in Creighton Court. During execution of a search warrant, officers located two firearms in a bedroom closet. One of those firearms was a brown Glock handgun, consistent with the firearm Cureton displayed in the Facebook live video. Inside the same bedroom of the residence, officers located Cureton’s social security card and a document with Cureton’s name on it.

Cureton pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on February 5, 2019. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather H. Mansfield is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:18-cr-108.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated November 6, 2018

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