Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm

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Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm

January 31, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM CDT

Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A 48-year-old Virginia man has pleaded guilty to possessing a .38-caliber revolver.

John Carl Pape pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Pape was indicted on October 15, 2012.

In his plea agreement, Pape admitted to possessing the Smith & Wesson, five-shot revolver on May 6, 2012. On that day, police received a complaint that two vehicles had been vandalized in a church parking lot in Eveleth.

One of the victims stated that her purse was stolen and that it contained the gun and credit cards, among other items.

Later that day, Pape was questioned by authorities and admitted attempting to make purchases and withdrawls with the victim's stolen credit card.

During an execution of a search warrant at Pape's residence, officers seized items linked to the theft, including the gun.

Because Pape is a felon, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms at any time.

For his crime, Pape faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison.

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