Former Corrections Officer Sold Guns Illegally

8:45 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A former SC Department of Corrections officer has pled guilty to dealing in firearms without a license.

William Andrew Cox, 56, entered the plea  in federal court.

Federal prosecutors say the Lexington County resident purchased a large number of guns from stores in the Midlands and then sold them online. At least two of the guns were retrieved during a law enforcement gang round up. The guns were then sold to members of the same gang online. Those gang members later sold the same guns to ATF officers.

They say another gun that Cox bought was found in Trinidad and used in a violent crime there.

AFT records show from January 2009 to July 2012, Cox bought $49,000 in firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories. Investigators determined the frequency of the purchases and how quickly sells were made show that the purchases were made in order to re-sale the guns. 

Cox never obtained a a permit to sell guns or reported the sells on his tax returns.  

A federal judge is reviewing the case and will determine his sentence. The maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine followed by three years of supervised release.

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