Former Gates County deputy pleads guilty to stolen firearm charges

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WAVY) — A former deputy in Gates County will be sentenced this summer after he pleaded guilty to stolen firearms charges in February.

Brandon Scott Hawks was charged after authorities say he unlawfully seized a handgun during a July 23, 2017 traffic stop — and failed to report it as evidence.

Hawks, 33, was also accused of having a second stolen gun for more than three years. Both firearms were found at his home on Dec. 6, 2017.

The sheriff’s office fired Hawks that same day. 

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Authorities also initially charged Hawks with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. That charge was related to allegations that he had drugs including heroin, crack cocaine and fentanyl that had been seized during an investigation.

Federal court records in North Carolina show Hawks entered a plea agreement on Feb. 12 for two counts of possession of a stolen firearm. The drug possession is being dismissed as a part of the agreement.

Hawks is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20.

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