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BREAKING NEWS: Police officer, Haskins indicted
Charges relate to alleged straw purchases of firearms
Friday, July 26, 2013
ROANOKE — A Rocky Mount Police Department officer and another man have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on charges related to alleged straw purchasing of firearms, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Roanoke.
Following an investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the grand jury has charged David Carson Haskins, 57, with 18 counts of making false statements to a license firearms dealer in relation to the purchase of a firearm, the release stated.
In addition, Haskins and James Marion Slate, 25, of Rocky Mount, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to make straw purchases of firearms, according to the release.
An affidavit for a search warrant filed in February identifies Haskins as the operator of Southern Gun Inc. of Bassett.
If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum possible penalty of up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, the release stated. In addition, if convicted, Haskins faces a maximum possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison on 10 counts of making a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer and a maximum possibly penalty of up to five years on the remaining eight counts of making false statements, the release added.
Assistant United States Attorney Donald Wolthuis will prosecute the case.
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the release stated.