EC man gets 6 years for having stolen guns


From staff reports

Thursday, April 18, 2019

An Elizabeth City man who pleaded guilty to possessing stolen firearms while a felon has been sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Earl Wallace Jeffers III, 28, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle in federal court in Raleigh on Thursday, according to a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  

Jeffers pleaded guilty to possession of firearms by a convicted felon and possession of stolen firearms on Jan. 17, the press release states. 

Nearly a year before, on Jan 30, 2018, an Elizabeth City resident reported to city police that someone had broken into his home and stolen items that included four guns.

The next day, another city resident contacted police and asked if three firearms he had purchased from Jeffers had been stolen.

City police determined that all three firearms the man had purchased were those stolen from the homeowner who had reported the break-in. Police recovered the firearms but the fourth was never found.

According to federal prosecutors, surveillance camera footage from a business near where the break-in occurred showed Jeffers in the vicinity of the residence before, during and after the crime. 

Jeffers was prohibited from possessing firearms because he’s a convicted felon. It was not immediately clear from the press release what felony he was convicted of.

In addition to his active prison sentence, Jeffers was sentenced by Boyle to three years of supervised release.

Jeffers’ case was investigated by city police as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the press release states.