LUMBERTON — A Maxton man previously convicted of manslaughter is facing federal firearms and robbery charges, according to court documents.
According to records from the U.S. District Court, the Cory Road home of Ronnie Deese was raided by a Robeson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team on June 2. That search discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun, which it is illegal for Deese to possess because he is a felon. The court records further allege that Deese used that handgun to hold up a man and steal drugs from him.
Deese was first indicted on this firearms charge in August, however, last week a federal grand jury handed down a superseding indictment. That indictment adds charges that Deese stole marijuana from another Maxton resident on May 28. Documents based on information from FBI and ATF agents state that Deese, using the 9 mm, robbed an unnamed individual, discharging the firearm during the commission of the crime.
Before the superseding indictment, Deese was charged with kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in Robeson County for the same incident.
According to court documents, the handgun was stolen from another home in Maxton. When interviewed at Robeson County Sheriff’s Office by the FBI, Deese said he had the gun for protection but did not know that it was stolen, the initial indictment states. In that interview, Deese admitted knowing that it was illegal for him, as a felon, to have a firearm in his possession, according to documents sworn by an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Deese was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on July 8, 1999.
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