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North Carolina man sentenced to over nine years in prison for firearm charge

A Fayetteville man was sentenced June 8 to 115 months in prison and three years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a firearm, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Shawn Antonio McNeill, 34, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon on January 19, 2021,

On October 24, 2018, while on patrol, an officer with the Fayetteville Police Department observed a red Nissan Altima sedan pass him with a dark window tint and smelled an odor of marijuana as the car passed him, according to the release.

“The officer turned around, and he observed the vehicle back into the driveway of a residence located on 7008 Radnor Street in Fayetteville and observed McNeill exiting the driver’s side,” stated the release. “McNeill then proceeded to move towards the residence. Another officer on the scene shined his flashlight through the window and observed a firearm in plain view on the driver’s side floorboard.

“Officers subsequently towed and executed a search warrant on the vehicle and recovered a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun, a quantity of marijuana, a quantity of crack cocaine, a digital scale, and plastic baggies,” the release continued. “Prior to this encounter, McNeill had been convicted of numerous felony offenses, including multiple prior convictions of firearm by felon.”

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fayetteville Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad Rhoades prosecuted.

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