WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A previously convicted felon pleaded guilty to firearms charges in federal court Wednesday.
According to a press release, Christopher Harold Goins, Jr., 35 of Leland, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
Goins faces up to 10 years behind bars, followed by up to three years supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 for the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
If he is deemed an ‘armed career criminal' his sentence could increase up to a lifetime imprisonment, followed by up to five years supervised release.
Goins faces an additional 10 years in prison for the charge of possession of a firearm and another fine of up to $250,000.
An investigation showed Goins was released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections in July 2010. Five days later he was arrested for rape, according to officials. While in possession, the man admitted to having a .12 gauge shotgun, which was later revealed to have been stolen.
Goins' criminal felonious record includes two counts of assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and one count each of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine, and breaking and entering.