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Date: 08-31-2019

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United States of America v. Billy Christopher Evans

Case Number: 1:19-mj-00209-JKL

Judge: Marc Thomas

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (Bibb County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: William R. Keyes

Defendant's Attorney: Jessica M. Lee - FPD


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Macon, GA - Pen Gun Possessor Pleads Guilty To Federal Firearm Charge

A Macon, Georgia man who admitted to making and concealing a small, single-round gun in the shape of a pen entered a guilty plea to a federal firearm charge, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Billy Christopher Evans, 28, of Macon, Georgia, entered a guilty plea on August 22, 2019 to one count of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm before U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell. The charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

According to the proffer of facts presented at court Thursday, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call on November 12, 2017 involving a man waving a lawn mower blade and acting erratically outside a local hotel. Deputies found Mr. Evans waving the blade, and the defendant promptly dropped the blade when instructed by officers. Mr. Evans was placed in handcuffs for the officers safety, and during a pat-down for weapons, deputies discovered a small pen gun, powered by a spring and trigger mechanism. The pen gun was approximately 4 and 5/8 inches in length and did not have any brand, mark of identification, or serial number displayed. It had a cocking handle, spring, bolt with a fixed firing-pin, bolt handle, and a blue cap measuring approximately 3/4 of an inch in length which held a .22 caliber round in place. This device was successfully test fired at the ATF test range in Martinsburg, West Virginia on February 28, 2018.

“This case illustrates the variety of dangers that officers face every day while keeping us safe,” said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney. “I want to thank all officers that serve the citizens of the Middle District of Georgia for their bravery, professionalism, and commitment to protecting all of us.”

The case was investigated by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


26:5841, 5861(d) and 5871 Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

It shall be unlawful for any person—
(a) to engage in business as a manufacturer or importer of, or dealer in, firearms without having paid the special (occupational) tax required by section 5801 for his business or having registered as required by section 5802; or
(b) to receive or possess a firearm transferred to him in violation of the provisions of this chapter; or
(c) to receive or possess a firearm made in violation of the provisions of this chapter; or
(d) to receive or possess a firearm which is not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record; or
(e) to transfer a firearm in violation of the provisions of this chapter; or
(f) to make a firearm in violation of the provisions of this chapter; or
(g) to obliterate, remove, change, or alter the serial number or other identification of a firearm required by this chapter; or
(h) to receive or possess a firearm having the serial number or other identification required by this chapter obliterated, removed, changed, or altered; or
(i) to receive or possess a firearm which is not identified by a serial number as required by this chapter; or
(j) to transport, deliver, or receive any firearm in interstate commerce which has not been registered as required by this chapter; or
(k) to receive or possess a firearm which has been imported or brought into the United States in violation of section 5844; or
(l) to make, or cause the making of, a false entry on any application, return, or record required by this chapter, knowing such entry to be false.

Outcome: 08/22/2019 23 Minute Entry for proceedings held before US DISTRICT JUDGE MARC THOMAS TREADWELL:Pretrial Conference as to BILLY CHRISTOPHER EVANS held on 8/22/2019, Change of Plea Hearing as to BILLY CHRISTOPHER EVANS held on 8/22/2019( Sentencing set for 11/20/2019 09:30 AM in Macon before US DISTRICT JUDGE MARC THOMAS TREADWELL.) Court Reporter: Tammy DiRocco. (vs) (Entered: 08/22/2019)
08/22/2019 24 PLEA SHEET as to BILLY CHRISTOPHER EVANS: GUILTY as to Count(s) 1. (vs) (Entered: 08/22/2019)

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