North Carolina man sentenced to 14 years in prison for firearm charges following domestic altercation

Published 3:27 pm Monday, January 16, 2023

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A Raleigh man was sentenced January 4, 2023 to 168 months in prison for two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Steven Antonio Peterson, 32, pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Peterson possessed a firearm on August 29, 2021 when he got into an argument with his girlfriend after he broke into her house through the window, hit her in the face with a pistol and then fired a round at her as she tried to walk away. The round nearly hit her and Peterson then threatened the victim, according to the release.

“On September 1, 2021, Raleigh Police arrested Peterson who was carrying a 9-millimeter handgun at the time of arrest,” stated the release. “Ballistics determined that the same firearm was used in the shooting on August 29th. Peterson had previously been convicted of a felony and is not legally permitted to possess a firearm or ammunition.”

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Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Raleigh Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Aubart prosecuted the case.

“The conviction is a result of the ongoing Violent Crime Action Plan (VCAP) initiative which is collaborative effort with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, working with the community, to identify and address the most significant drivers of violent crime,” stated the release. “VCAP involves focused and strategic enforcement, and interagency coordination and intelligence-led policing.”