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Date: 09-22-2022

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United States of America v. Jesse Lynn Williams

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00001

Judge: Martin Reidinger

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (Buncombe County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

Defendant's Attorney:

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Description: Asheville, North Carolina criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with burglary of a gun store.

Jesse Lynn Williams, age 34, from Ashville, organized the burglary of Carolina Guns and Gear West, LLC (Carolina Guns and Gear), a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) located at 3106 Sweeten Creek Road, in Asheville. Williams recruited his two co-defendants, Lyron Deshawn Greenlee and Alexa Rae Basillo, to assist him with the burglary. Court records show that on January 7, 2022, Williams broke into the gun store and stole 33 firearms, while Greenlee and Bassillo served as lookouts or drivers during the burglary.

As part of the planning and preparation for the burglary, Williams and Bassillo customized satellite map imagery of the area surrounding the gun store, which diagrammed the location of the store and avenues of approach and escape near the store. The maps also identified where co-conspirators would be stationed as lookouts. Court records also show that Williams, assisted by Bassillo, acquired tools and equipment for the break-in, including two-way radios which co-conspirators used to communicate over the course of the burglary.

According to court documents, immediately after the burglary, Williams, Greenlee, and Bassillo traveled to Greenlee’s residence, where they divvied up the stolen firearms. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that Williams received 15 or 16 of the stolen firearms. To date, law enforcement have recovered eight of the 33 stolen firearms.

On January 10, 2022, law enforcement arrested Williams and Bassillo while the two were in Bassillo’s parked vehicle. At the time of the arrest, law enforcement recovered from the vehicle a firearm stolen from the gun store, a crowbar, bolt cutters, and other items used in the burglary, a homemade silencer, a loaded pistol, and a loaded SKS rifle that belonged to Williams.

On April 13, 2022, Williams pleaded guilty to theft of firearms from an FFL and aiding and abetting, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Greenlee was sentenced last week to eight and a half years in prison. Bassillo is currently awaiting sentencing.

In making today’s announcement U.S. Attorney King thanked the ATF and APD for their investigation of the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville is handling the prosecution.


Outcome: 09/22/2022 Minute Entry: SENTENCING as to Jesse Lynn Williams held before Chief Judge Martin Reidinger. Factual Basis Found. Defendant sentenced on Counts 2,3. Counts 1,4 dismissed. Government attorney: David Andrew Thorneloe. Defendant attorney: Theadore J. Besen. Court Reporter: Deborah Cohen-Rojas 704-350-7497. (hms) (Entered: 09/22/2022)

Defendant was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

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