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Whitesboro man pleads guilty to illegal firearm possession

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Whitesboro man pled guilty Thursday in federal court in Syracuse to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, the Department of Justice said.

According to officials, Pruitt admitted that he possessed a loaded 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun on Oct. 15 when a New York State Parole officer visiting another person came to Pruitt's front door. Pruitt answered the door while holding a shotgun. He was convicted of burglary in the second degree in Orangeburg County, S.C., in 2010.

Pruitt faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced May 21.

The case was investigated by the New York State Division of Parole, the Village of Whitesboro Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- Syracuse office. He was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard R. Southwick with assistance from the Oneida County District Attorney's Office.

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