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North Carolina man sentenced to prison, supervised release for firearm charge

A Wilmington man was sentenced June 24 to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Xavier Jamar Hall, 28, pleaded guilty to the charge on March 24, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Hall illegally possessed a stolen 9mm handgun as a previously convicted felon. The release stated that Hall is a validated member of the United Blood Nation street gang.

“On June 19, 2020, Wilmington Police Department Officers attempted to stop a vehicle in which Hall was a passenger to serve him with outstanding warrants,” stated the release. “The vehicle fled and Hall eventually jumped and ran through an abandoned lot. While running, Hall made a motion that led officers to believe that he threw something. A search of the area recovered a handgun. Forensic examination of DNA found on the gun confirmed that Hall had possessed it.”

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 James C. Dever III.  The Wilmington Police Department (WPD) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany prosecuted.

“This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone,” the release continued. “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.”

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