Former North Carolina soldier sentenced to 3 years in prison for illegally selling firearms from his home and patrol car

GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) — A former North Carolina state trooper was sentenced Thursday to 37 months, more than three years, in prison for illegal firearms trafficking, according to U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Hairston.

In January 2021, the FBI discovered that 47-year-old Timothy Jay Norman of Browns Summit was selling firearms to various people while employed as a North Carolina state highway patrolman. One of the people Norman sold guns to was a convicted felon.

During the FBI’s investigation, they discovered that Norman was using the convicted felon as a “middleman” in the sale of numerous firearms.

Some of the firearms sold were decommissioned NCHSP service weapons, including:

  • Sig Sauer P226 .357 semi-automatic pistols
  • Arma Lite AR-15 5.56mm semi-automatic rifles
  • Beretta Model 1201FP 12 Gauge Shotguns

With information from the FBI, law enforcement conducted “three successful controlled buyouts” into Norman’s gun trade.

The first operation was on May 12, 2021. Law enforcement used a confidential human source to purchase a decommissioned Sig Sauer P226 .357 semi-automatic pistol with the NCSHP badge engraved on it in a holster with two magazines for $1,600 to Norman.

The second operation took place on June 8, 2021. The agencies used another source to purchase a Beretta 12-gauge shotgun and an Arma Lite AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a magazine, a soft black case and a magazine Norman’s 50-stroke drum at his Browns Summit home for $3,200.

The third and final operation took place on June 24, 2021. A source was used by agencies to buy another Sig Sauer P226 .357 semi-automatic pistol from Norman in his patrol car at a closed gas station for 2,000 $.

Federal firearms license records show Norman has purchased 36 firearms since January 2021 and made a significant profit from his transactions.

On July 7, 2021, a search warrant was executed at Norman’s home and thousands of cartridges as well as over 50 firearms were seized from the property. Two other non-NCSHP firearms, including an AR-15 purchased from the Federal Firearms License, were seized from Norman’s patrol car.

On March 10, Norman pleaded guilty to trafficking firearms without a license. He was sentenced Thursday to 37 months in prison in the United States District Court for the Intermediate District of North Carolina in Greensboro.

In addition to the 37-month sentence, Norman will pay a $15,000 fine and face three years of probation at the end of his sentence.

Sandra J. Hairston, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, made the announcement. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol-Internal Affairs Division investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney JoAnna G. McFadden.

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