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North Carolina man sentenced to federal prison, supervised release and fined $10k for firearm and ammunition charges

A Pamlico County man was sentenced on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 to 12 months and one day in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. The man was also fined $10,000 and ordered to forfeit all of his firearms and ammunition. Sherwood Watson Caraway, 62, pleaded guilty to the charges on July 11, 2019.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Caraway had previously been convicted in federal court for illegally dealing firearms without a license in 2005. Caraway at that time owned and operated S&D Show Promotions, Inc., a gun and knife show production company that holds events throughout Eastern North Carolina, stated the release.

“Despite his conviction, Caraway continued to operate gun shows in the area. Investigation in 2016 and 2017 revealed that Caraway continued to possess multiple firearms in his home in Merritt, North Carolina,” stated the release. “On September 2, 2017, detectives with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Caraway’s home. They located numerous rifles, shotguns, and handguns, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. Agents also searched a residence owned by Caraway’s daughter, where they seized another 33 firearms that had previously been kept at Caraway’s house. In total, the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) seized over forty firearms. After pleading guilty to these charges, Caraway sold his interest in the gun shows in 2020.”

G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office and ATF investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura S. Howard prosecuted.

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