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

Published 3:20 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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Herman Felton, 52, of Wendell, was sentenced March 9, 2022 to 60 months in prison for possessing a stolen firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Felton pleaded guilty to a single count criminal information on December 1, 2021.

According to court records and statements made during hearings, on January 14, 2019, an Elizabeth City Police Department detective interviewed Felton at the police department regarding an ongoing homicide investigation; Felton denied being involved. “He admitted to having a gun but said it was not the one from the shooting and offered to bring it in to be checked,” stated the release. “Felton, who as a felon could not lawfully possess a firearm, returned the same afternoon with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver.”

“Felton’s criminal record spans four decades and includes over three dozen misdemeanor and felony convictions,” the release continued. “His 12 felony convictions include habitual assault, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and a prior federal conviction for conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.”

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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 Elizabeth City Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake D. Pugh prosecuted the case.