GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A former North Carolina state trooper who sold guns — including some decommissioned by the Highway Patrol — will spend more than three years in prison, federal prosecutors said.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Timothy Jay Norman, 47, of Browns Summit in Guilford County, was fined $15,000 and received three years of supervised release in addition to his 37-month prison term.
Norman pleaded guilty last month to a charge of dealing firearms without a license.
Federal prosectors said the FBI found out in January 2021 that Norman was selling guns to people, including a convicted felon, while he was a state trooper.
They also said he used the felon as a middleman while holding out for sale guns including Sig Sauer .357 semiautomatic pistols, AR-15 semiautomatic rifles and Beretta 12-gauge shotguns.
Law enforcement made a controlled purchase of a .357 semiautomatic pistol with the Highway Patrol badge engraved on top of the side in a case with two magazines for $1,600 in May 2021.
A month later, they purchased a Beretta 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15, a case and a 50-round magazine at Norman’s home for $3,200.
And later in June 2021, law enforcement purchased another .357 pistol from his patrol car at a closed gas station for $2,000.
Authorities searched his home last July and seized more than 50 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
They say Norman had two more guns — neither of which was issued by the Highway Patrol — in his patrol car, including an AR-15 he purchased earlier last year, along with an envelope with more than $2,000 that included the FBI’s money from one of the bureau’s previous controlled purchases.
Records from the Federal Firearms Licensee where Norman purchased 36 of the guns show he made a “significant profit” from the sales.