Man Arrested After Wearing Clip With Bullets In It Attached To His Belt At Work Decides Not To Plead Guilty

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

A man who is facing federal charges after wearing a clip with bullets in it at his work decided not to plead guilty on Monday.

James Leroy Berry earlier signed a plea agreement, saying he would plead guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Federal Magistrate Judge Susan Lee said the case would be set for a trial.

Berry faces up to 10 years in prison on the charge.

Prosecutors said on July 22, 2013, Spring City Police Sgt. Travis McGhee received a tip from an employee at SSM Industries that Berry wore a clip with bullets in it attached to his belt on numerous occasions at the job site.

On July 30, 2013, Sgt. McGhee, ATF Special Agent Brian Musgrave and other law enforcement officers went to SSM Industries to speak with Berry. Agt. Musgrave was the first to approach Berry, who was sitting in his car in the parking lot.

The agent said Berry admitted that he had a loaded handgun in his vehicle and a loaded magazine on his person.

The agent retrieved a 9mm semi-automatic pistol along with ammunition from the vehicle.

Prosecutors said Berry was convicted of armed robbery and first-degree assault in 1986.


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