A convicted felon and his wife were arrested after Lincoln County authorities said the couple tried to sell two semi-automatic Browning shotguns on a social media website.
Daniel Wayne Burnette, 35, of Maiden was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and was freed on a $25,000 bail last week.
His wife, Dawn Pruitt Burnette, 44, was charged with felony aiding and abetting and was free on a $5,000 bail.
Daniel Burnette pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court in September 2006 to felony possession of cocaine and was placed on probation for three years.
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Lincoln County sheriff’s detectives set up a buy of the weapons on the night of April 7 outside the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on N.C. 73 in Denver, authorities said.
Randolph County sheriff’s investigators had contacted them about Daniel Burnette trying to sell the shotguns on a website.
Lincoln County sheriff’s Detective Frank Runyon and two marked patrol units arrested the Burnettes outside the Lowe’s and seized two firearms worth $2,000 from the couple’s 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, authorites said.