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North Carolina man convicted by federal jury of firearm charge

A federal jury convicted a Lumberton man Tuesday, August 10, 2021 on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting that occurred on December 25, 2019. “At the residence, they found an individual suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” stated the release. “Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement developed Michael Lane Breeden, 51, as a suspect in the shooting.”

Officers executed a search warrant at Breeden’s residence on January 7, 2020. “During the execution of the search warrant, officers recovered a loaded shotgun in Breeden’s bathroom just a few feet from where officers detained him,” stated the release. “Breeden had previously been convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.”

Breeden faces a maximum penalty of 120 months in prison when sentenced in November of 2021.

G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt accepted the verdict. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chad Rhoades and John Parris are prosecuting.

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