Convicted North Carolina felon pulled over in Carroll County, sentenced to eight years in federal prison for illegal firearm possession

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(Photo: Courtesy Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority)

(Photo: Courtesy Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority)

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A convicted felon from North Carolina was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison on Wednesday for illegal possession of a firearm after getting pulled over in Carroll County.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia on Thursday, Aug. 20, 43-year-old Luis Castano of Jamestown, N.C., was pulled over for driving erratically in Carroll County, at which time he was found to be illegally in possession of a firearm.

Officials say Castano pleaded guilty in 2019 to illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, but on Wednesday, Aug. 19, he was sentenced at the U.S. District Court in Abingdon to 72 months for his conviction, along with an extra 24 months for violating the terms of his supervised release from a previous federal conviction for possessing a firearm as a felon. 

Furthermore, when released from prison, Castano will reportedly serve an additional 36 months of supervised release.

According to court documents, on the night of Dec. 30, 2018, Castano was found in possession of a Bushman, AR-style rifle, which had a loaded, large capacity magazine containing 61 rounds of ammunition, as well as one in the chamber. 

Officials say the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Ramseyer serving as the prosecutor.

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