A former South Carolina corrections officer has admitted that he illegally sold guns — and now faces jail time himself.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in South Carolina said William Andrew Cox, 56, of Lexington County pleaded guilty to dealing in firearms without a license.
Prosecutors say Cox bought a large number of firearms from several local gun stores and that two of these firearms were retrieved in a Hells Angels roundup. A defendant in the Hells Angels case said he purchased two pistols (a 9 mm and .45-caliber) from Cox from an online website, Armslist.com, used to advertise firearms for sale. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said undercover law enforcement agents then bought the pistols from Hell’s Angels members.
Another firearm bought by Cox was found in Trinidad about 117 days after he purchased it. Prosecutors said this firearm was used in a violent crime.
Cox was fired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections in March 2009. He admitted that between then and 2012, he bought more than 150 firearms, selling most of them immediately.
Cox told the court that he did not get a license because he did not want the government in his business.
A sentence is pending.