- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Louisiana man sought in a break-in of a gun shop in D’Iberville, Mississippi, has pleaded not guilty to related federal charges.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1HJS1i2) John Ross Harold, 31, is set for trial June 1 on charges involving the theft of 25 firearms Feb. 27, 2014.

Harold, of Houma, Louisiana, disappeared after the break-in. He had been taken to a hospital after a police pursuit and crash, but authorities said he left the hospital before they could obtain an arrest warrant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives placed him on its most-wanted list. Harold also was wanted in Louisiana on charges from a home invasion and attempted murder when he was found seven months later, in September.

Harold was brought to federal court here Wednesday. Court papers show he is serving time on state charges in Louisiana and is wanted in Pearl River County on a charge of attempted commercial burglary. ATF agents have testified Harold and his co-defendant tried to burglarize a Picayune pawn shop before they went to the D’Iberville gun shop.

Kevin Parfait, 28, also of Houma, said he was Harold’s accomplice and was sentenced to 104 months in November. Parfait maintained Harold forced him at gunpoint to help him. Parfait is serving a prison term of 104 months for receiving stolen property.

Harold faces charges of stealing firearms from a licensed dealer, felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen firearms.

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


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