- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A 35-year-old Gautier man will serve four years in prison for his role in the theft of 46 firearms from the home of a Moss Point gun dealer while he was out of town.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. on Tuesday also ordered Aubrey Knox to pay a $5,000 fine and serve three years under post-release supervision.

Knox, 35, pleaded guilty on Sept. 24 to conspiracy to commit crimes against the United States.

Knox and six others face charges in the theft of firearms, including machine guns, some of which were later found hidden at homes in Gautier. Authorities say the burglary occurred in May while the homeowner was out of town.

Knox admitted to buying six of the stolen firearms.

The others who have pleaded guilty are Damien O’Neil Towne, Kenneth Knox, LeKeith Smith, Theodore Towne, Princeton Knox and Catina Towne Henderson.

Theodore Towne, Kenneth Knox, Catina Towne Henderson and Princeton Knox are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

Damien O’Neil Towne is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 12.

On Dec. 5, a judge granted the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss charges against Jessica Romero.

The federal indictment alleges Smith planned the burglary and took Theodore Towne and Damian Towne with him, and they hid or sold the weapons. Kenneth Knox tried to sell stolen firearms to others, including his brother, Aubrey Knox, the indictment said, and Princeton Knox, hid some firearms in his yard.

Catina Towne Henderson allowed some of the firearms to be hidden at her Gautier home and helping negotiate on sales prices.


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