North Carolina man sentenced to 20 years in prison for firearm charges

Published 6:51 am Sunday, April 17, 2022

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to two consecutive 10-year prison sentences on firearm charges connected to a hostage situation and drug trafficking violations.

Matthew Leviticus Murphy, 32, was sentenced Friday for possession of a firearm by a felon in separate incidents in Greensboro in 2020 and 2021, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Court documents said Murphy forced his way into a home on Nov. 21, 2020. Murphy pointed a firearm at several occupants of the house, including a 3-year-old child, and demanded that the family pretend to know him once police arrived.

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One family member told officers that Murphy had threatened to shoot them if they didn’t cooperate, the news release said.

On Jan. 21, 2021, Greensboro police stopped a car in which Murphy was a passenger. Prosecutors said Murphy attempted to conceal a plastic bag containing white powder. A search turned up two more bags containing a white powder, a firearm, and a large amount of cash.

Laboratory testing confirmed that the powder contained fentanyl.