WILMINGTON — A Red Springs man pled guilty on Friday in federal court to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a statement from United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker.
According to the indictment returned on May 24, 2011, Charles Ronald Locklear Jr., 40, was found in possession of a Calico Model M-100, a .22-caliber rifle. According to the investigation, on Oct. 2, 2010, law enforcement responded to a 911 call involving disorderly conduct. When deputies arrived at Locklear’s residence, they found him sitting on his front porch with a firearm across his lap. At the time of his arrest, he was on supervised release for prior federal convictions. The statement said he has multiple prior felony convictions dating to the 1990s.
The plea was entered before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox. Sentending was delayed.
This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified effor against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.