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Probationer sentenced on firearms charge

Posted May 12, 2010 10:58 a.m. EDT

— A Whiteville man was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal charges that he violated his probation on indecent liberties charges by possessing a firearm.

William Marshall White, 56, of 219 N. Madison St., was sentenced to 2½ years in prison on one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Prosecutors said that in September 2008, White's probation officer found a semi-automatic pistol, two magazines and several rounds of ammunition in White's photo studios.

White was serving a five-year probation sentence for July 2008 convictions of taking indecent liberties with a minor and first-degree burglary, according to state Department of Correction records. Prosecutors said that he broke into a home and tried to convince a girl to come to his studio so he could take pictures of her.

DOC records show that White also served probation for 1988 convictions for assault on a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.