Two North Carolina men sentenced to federal prison after crime spree

Published 6:06 pm Sunday, March 27, 2022

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina has reported that Greer “Ghost” Old, 26, and Daniel “Goon” Reaves, 22, both of New Hanover County, were sentenced to 240 months and 144 months in federal prison, respectively.

Old pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence (aiding and abetting) and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Reaves pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, Hobbs Act robbery (aiding and abetting) and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence (aiding and abetting).

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According to court documents, other evidence and information presented in court, on August 9, 2018, Old, Reaves and Brittany Moses planned to rob a former boyfriend of Moses of heroin in a parking lot in Wilmington. Moses lured him into her car, then Old and Reaves entered the car with firearms and demanded the heroin, stated a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“He only had a small amount of heroin but Old, Moses and Reaves believed that he had more heroin and demanded that he give it to them. When he did not provide the heroin, he was pistol whipped several times,” the release continued. “A struggle ensued in the car; Moses’ former boyfriend was shot in the arm. He was then pushed out of the car, bleeding from the gunshot wound, and abandoned on Klein Road in Wilmington. The assault in the car was so violent that another car followed them and provided aid to Moses’ former boyfriend until the police arrived. The pistol whipping was so severe that it left an imprint of the gun in the victim’s forehead.”

According to the release, the Wilmington Police Department received a tip on August 11, 2018 that Old and Reaves were driving the same car used in the robbery near the Travel Inn Motel in Wilmington.

“Officers observed the car and attempted to stop it. Old refused to stop for law enforcement, instead driving at a high rate of speed and running a stop light before losing control of his car,” stated the release. “Both men fled on foot. During the foot chase of Old, he discharged a firearm at a Wilmington Police Officer who was attempting to arrest him. This forced the officer to return fire.”

Law enforcement deployed a K-9 in an effort to apprehend Old, who was found hiding in bushes on the St. John’s Episcopal Church property. Old refused exit the bushes; another Wilmington police officer dislocated his shoulder removing Old from the bushes. A gun that had been reported stolen earlier that day was found in close proximity to Old, according to the release.

“During a search of their car by law enforcement the following items were found: a .25 caliber handgun, a .380 caliber handgun, 16 grams of methamphetamine and 438 doses of Xanax,” stated the release. “Following his arrest, Old told the police the reason that he ran was because he believed that the mother of his child had taken a warrant out on him for shooting at her residence. Old denied having a gun but said that if he had one, he would have shot the K-9 and the officer. According to law enforcement, Old is a validated member of the Folk Nation gang.”

Old was on probation for conspiracy to commit common law robbery at the time of these offenses.

Reaves was not apprehended at the time; he was apprehended in Kentucky by the United States Marshal on August 29, 2018. According to law enforcement, Reaves is a validated member of the Folk Nation gang. He was also on probation for a North Carolina state felony.

Moses previously received a sentence of 105 months in federal court for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, Hobbs Act Robbery (aiding and abetting) and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence (aiding and abetting).

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilmington Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo and Charity Wilson prosecuted.