North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for firearm charge

Published 11:21 am Sunday, March 13, 2022

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A Pamlico County man was sentenced Wednesday, March 9, 2022 to 120 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon while on supervised probation, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Demario Tyair Himbry, 35, pleaded guilty to the charges on December 1, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Himbry was on post-release supervision in February 2020 after completing his prison sentence for possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin near a school in Pamlico County.

“During a search of his residence, deputies and probation officers found a loaded handgun and ammunition near his bedroom,” stated the release. “Law enforcement investigated how Himbry was able to obtain the handgun and found that Himbry had traded a gram of heroin for the firearm a few days before the search of his home.”

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Himbry had previously been convicted of other felonies including selling cocaine in 2005, common law robbery in 2011 and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin in 2016, according to the release.

“Himbry was also validated as a member of the Bloods street gang by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in 2017,” the release continued.

Michael Easley, 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 Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Probation and Parole and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted.