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Nokes faces federal weapons charge
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A local man faces up to a decade behind bars after being hit with federal weapons charges.The suspect, Devoy Lee Nokes, 38, was taken into custody recently on a federal indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a weapon.“He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years on supervised release,” said assistant federal prosecutor Annie Svolto who will be handling his case. “The allegation is he was a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.”Nokes was arrested late last year after lawmen raided his home and allegedly found guns including a 12-gauge shotgun, a bolt-action rifle, and 44-caliber pistol. Federal authorities became involved because Nokes is a convicted felon and is thereby warned not to possess any firearms.Svolto said matters are even worse for career offenders who have three or more felonies on their record.