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Man sentenced in federal gun theft case

C. Reams

C. Reams

A Rocky Mount man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting he stole ammunition and firearms from an Elm City home in 2018.

Cecil Terrance Reams, 48, entered his guilty plea on June 8 in the Eastern District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Reams on Thursday, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh.

Prosecutors say Reams, 42-year-old co-defendant Brandon Shane Reams and another man broke into an Elm City home in the early morning hours of Aug. 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,” the release states. “Following the break-in, Cecil and Brandon Reams sold one of the stolen rifles to a convicted felon in Rocky Mount.”

“Officers from the Rocky Mount Police Department recovered the stolen rifle after executing a search warrant at the buyer’s residence pursuant to a separate investigation,” the release continues. “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.”

Cecil Reams was arrested Aug. 29, 2018, on state charges and moved into federal custody on Sept. 24, 2019.

Brandon Reams was sentenced to five years in prison on Aug. 4.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina G. Norman Acker III announced Cecil Reams’ sentencing.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mount Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh handled Reams’ prosecution.