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Coles gets 60 months in federal weapons case

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Ian Barkley Coles will serve a 60-month sentence in federal prison after taking a plea in his weapons case.

The sentence handed to him by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle does give him credit for time served while in custody, a minute entry in the court record notes.
Boyle sentenced Coles earlier this week in Raleigh.
The sentence set by the judge also carries three years of supervised release with standard additional conditions. Those terms and conditions were not immediately filed in the court record.
He was also levied a $100 special assessment and two other charges against him were dropped.
At his February arraignment he entered a guilty plea on the first of the three counts lodged against him and the government agreed to dismiss counts 2 and 3.
Count 1 says on or about July 8, Coles did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a
firearm, in violation of United States Code.
The two counts which were dismissed charged him with aiding and abetting another who made false and fictitious oral and written statements in his attempt to purchase a firearm from a pawn shop and that Coles made written deceptive statements on a federal firearms form.
Roanoke Rapids Police Department Investigator Chris Babb and the ATF investigated the pawn shop case which led to the federal indictments.
Coles was arrested in Hopewell, Virginia, on December 8 after a federal warrant for his arrest was issued in early November.
In May of 2012 Coles pled guilty on the state level to the assault of two women at a Roanoke Avenue business.
The local charge stem from 2010 when he entered F and F Rentals through the back door and attempted to rob the store’s two female employees. He used pepper spray on them and struck a then 67-year-old female employee in the head with the shotgun he carried inside the business.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty said this morning, “It goes to show that continued cooperation with all agencies on different levels is effective in getting violent offenders off the streets. We are pleased with Investigator Babb’s diligent work which led to the federal indictments and the business which reported it to us.”


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