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. In those cases, offenders convicted of violating the federal trigger lock law can face 15 years to life in federal prison. A detention hearing for Nokes is scheduled.