William Terrance Proctor, a/k/a “Boobie,” and “Booby,”, 31 of Lexington Park, pleaded guilty today to aiding and abetting the theft of a firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, unlawful sale of a firearm to a prohibited person; and receipt, possession and transportation of contraband cigarettes.
The plea agreement was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Baltimore Field Division; Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.
“ATF worked hand-in-hand with our local counterparts to uncover a calculated scheme involving the theft and subsequent sale of numerous firearms,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan. “The law enforcement community in Southern Maryland strives to protect the public and prevent firearms from getting into the hands of criminals. We will continue to work to ensure that all of those responsible for the theft of these firearms are brought to justice.”
According to his plea agreement, on October 27, 2012, individuals who stole approximately 48 firearms from the Tackle Box in Lexington Park transported the guns to Proctor’s residence. Knowing that the guns were stolen, Proctor agreed to store the guns at his house. Thereafter and until June 2014, Proctor sold 45 of the stolen firearms, including eight stolen firearms to a previously convicted felon.
On March 20, 2014, Proctor sold for $1,000 a rifle which had a barrel measuring less than 16 inches. And from April to June, 2014, Proctor sold seven firearms in exchange for contraband cigarettes – that is, cigarettes for which the applicable Maryland cigarette taxes were not paid. Proctor then sold all of the contraband cigarettes.
On June 27, 2014, Proctor was arrested in Maryland when he attempted to sell an eighth firearm in exchange for contraband cigarettes.
Proctor faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the gun charges and five years for receiving and transporting contraband cigarettes. U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm has scheduled sentencing for August 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Charles County and St. Mary’s County Sheriffs’ Offices and Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Deborah A. Johnston, who is prosecuting the case.