North Carolina man sentenced to 96 months in federal prison for firearm charge

Published 6:28 am Friday, March 19, 2021

A Henderson man was sentenced March 2 to 96 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court documents and other evidence, Jerome Cozart, 31, engaged in a shootout with another individual at a convenience store on East Andrews Avenue in Henderson. “Video surveillance shows the two men in a verbal altercation, when Cozart retrieves a handgun and shoots toward the other man who returned fire,” stated the release. “A Henderson Police Department officer was nearby on routine patrol and immediately responded to the scene, placing Cozart into custody. No one was injured.”

Cozart had prior convictions for common law robbery, breaking or entering and terrorizing or injuring, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II.  The Henderson Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted.

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