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Former North Carolina deputy to be sentenced on gun charges

A former North Carolina peace officer will be sentenced June 20 on weapons charges. The sentencing hearing was scheduled after the 33-year-old man, who was employed as a deputy by the Gates County Sheriff's Office when he was taken into custody in December 2017, agreed to plead guilty to two counts of possessing a stolen firearm. According to media reports, the man entered the plea agreement in return for sentencing consideration and the dismissal of a drug possession with the intent to distribute charge.

A federal grand jury issued a raft of indictments against the man in May 2018 after being told by prosecutors that he seized a Glock semi-automatic pistol during a July 2017 traffic stop and failed to turn it in or report it as evidence. The investigation into the man's activities culminated in the search of his Eure home. The Glock and a second stolen gun were allegedly discovered during the search. Prosecutors say the second gun had been stolen several years earlier. The GCSO fired the man soon after learning about the weapons.

The man was also accused of seizing quantities of drugs including crack cocaine, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone during criminal investigations. Prosecutors say that he planned to sell the drugs at a later date. The charge was dropped as part of the man's plea agreement.

When the evidence against a client is overwhelming, a federal criminal defense attorney may advise cooperating with U.S. prosecutors and seeking a negotiated plea agreement. This is because the penalties in federal court are often much more severe, but prosecutors may be willing to reduce them substantially in return for a swift and successful resolution.

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