- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A South Mississippi man has been fined $2,500 for failing to report to police that friends and relatives were involved in the theft and sale of 46 firearms stolen from a gun dealer’s home.

Kenneth O’Neal Knox, 46, will be on house arrest eight months after being in custody more than a year during the prosecution of a conspiracy to steal firearms. Knox earlier pleaded guilty to misprision of felony.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1OMMl7I) Knox is the last of eight defendants sentenced for his role in a May 13, 2014, break-in investigated by the Moss Point police and federal authorities. The weapons, including fully automatic machine guns and silencers, were part of the businessman’s inventory.

The three men who stole the guns have been sentenced to prison and ordered to make restitution of $112,751. LaKeith Dentrell Smith, 21, and Damian Towne, 24, each received a 10-year prison term. Theodore Dempsey Towne, 20, was given nine years in prison.

Court testimony revealed Smith had worked at the home of the gun dealer and helped arrange the break-in while the man was on an out-of-state trip.

Aubrey Knox, 35, received a two-year prison term and was fined $3,000 on a conspiracy charge.

Three others were sentenced for failing to report criminal activity.

Princeton Scott Knox, 34, received a 21-month prison term and was fined $2,000.

Jessica Mariana Romero, 25, pregnant when she was arrested, was sentenced to a year in prison and was fined $3,000.

Catina Towne Henderson, 41, was sentenced to time served and a year on house arrest.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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