North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing ammunition, firearms

Published 6:25 am Thursday, September 23, 2021

A Rocky Mount man was sentenced to 120 months in prison for stealing ammunition and firearms in Elm City, North Carolina, according to a September 9 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Cecil Terrance Reams, 48, entered his guilty plea on June 8, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Reams, co-defendant Brandon Shane Reams, 42, and another male subject broke into a residence in Elm City in the early morning hours of August 29, 2018. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and determined the group stole three rifles, an undetermined amount of ammunition, and a television from the property, according to the release.

“Following the break-in, Cecil and Brandon Reams sold one of the stolen rifles to a convicted felon in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department recovered the stolen rifle after executing a search warrant at the buyer’s residence pursuant to a separate investigation,” stated the release. “At the time of the break-in, Cecil and Brandon Reams were both convicted felons serving active state probation sentences and were required to wear ankle monitors as a condition of their probation. Officers reviewed both subjects’ ankle monitor movements, which showed both men at the Elm City property at the time of the break-in.”

Reams was arrested on state charges on August 29, 2018 and moved into federal custody on September 24, 2019, according to the release. Hwas sentenced to 60 months in prison on August 4, 2021.

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 James C. Dever III. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh prosecuted.

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