North Carolina man sentenced to six years in prison for firearm charges

Published 7:14 am Friday, December 17, 2021

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A Wake County man was sentenced Monday, December 13, 2021 to 72 months in prison for possessing several stolen firearms as a felon, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Robert Cleveland Barham, 30, pleaded guilty to the charges on October 4, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Barham possessed 14 firearms that had been stolen from a self-storage unit in Wendell, North Carolina in January 2019.

“When he was arrested, Barham admitted to trading several of the firearms for heroin in Henderson, North Carolina,” stated the release. “Barham had previously been convicted of felony breaking and entering and possessing a firearm as a felon in 2014. Barham was also convicted of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses in 2018.”

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Michael F. Easley Jr., 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 Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted.