All suspects in gun theft case plead guilty, but weapons remain missing

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - All eight suspects accused of stealing and selling nearly 50 guns from a Moss Point home have pleaded guilty in the case. Most of those guns, including automatic weapons, still remain on the streets.

Tuesday, Damien O'Neil Towne pleaded guilty to one count of stealing a firearm from a licensed dealer. Three other counts against Towne were dropped. Towne is the last of the eight suspects to plea in this case.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors told the judge the evidence they had in the case against Towne if he decided not to plead guilty. Part of the evidence is testimony from Towne's mother and pregnant girlfriend, who are also charged in the case, that they saw Towne unload the stolen guns at a Gautier home.

After hearing all the evidence Towne admitted it was all true.

Towne will be sentenced February 12, 2015. He faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The other suspects in the case will be sentenced next month.

According to ATF agents, at least 46 guns were taken from the Moss Point Home in May; 35 are still on the street. Agents say they are still actively searching for those weapons.

Anyone who is found with the guns can and will be charged with possession of stolen property.

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