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'Straw' firearms case in Va. awaits US ruling

Tuesday - 12/3/2013, 4:42pm  ET

STAN LEHMAN
Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The prosecution of a Rocky Mount police officer accused of making "straw" purchases of firearms has been delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a similar case involving a former Virginia police officer.

James Marion Slate was charged last summer with conspiring to make straw purchases of firearms. Straw purchases typically involve a person who legally buys a firearm but does so for someone forbidden to own one such as a criminal.

According to federal prosecutors, Slate and David Carson Haskins of Bassett conspired in late 2012 and early this year to recruit straw buyers.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1eTpaXX) reports that Slate and Haskins have agreed to guilty pleas -- provided they are entered after the Supreme Court rules in the case of a former Roanoke police officer.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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