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North Carolina man sentenced to 11 years in prison for firearm charge

A Maxton man was sentenced June 8 to 132 months in prison and five years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a firearm, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. On December 9, 2020, Jonathan Wayne Clark, 28, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on July 20, 2019, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a shooting that occurred at a party in Red Springs. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased victim.

“During the processing of the crime scene, law enforcement located .40 caliber and 7.62 caliber spent shell casings and a Glock 23, .40 caliber pistol. A crime scene witness advised that she observed an Indian male covered in tattoos shoot a firearm,” stated the release. “Further investigation revealed that Clark attended the party and possessed a Draco AK-47 style pistol. While at the party, a fight broke out amongst the attendees and guns were drawn.

“Law enforcement interviewed Clark, and he admitted to possessing the Draco AK-47 style pistol and shooting it into the air during the altercation. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office examined the shell casings and determined that the recovered Draco AK-47 style pistol fired the rounds,” the release continued. “During the interview, Clark also admitted to being a gang member and associated with the Folk Nation. He acknowledged that he was a convicted felon and previously served multiple years in prison. Clark also admitted to possessing two additional guns on prior occasions.”

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, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad Rhoades prosecuted.

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