Elizabeth City man sentenced to more than eight years in prison for ammunition charge in connection with shooting incident near federal courthouse

Published 2:26 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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An Elizabeth City man was sentenced Wednesday, January 18, 2023 to 103 months in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Amos Dekendric Parker, 36, also known as “Bay Bay,” pleaded guilty to the charges on October 18, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Parker and another man, Tavori Ditron Lindsey, were involved in an early morning shooting on September 5, 2021 at the intersection of East Colonial Avenue and McMorrine Street in Elizabeth City, which is about a block away from the federal courthouse in Elizabeth City.

“Street cameras captured the shooting and showed Parker and Lindsey engage in a verbal altercation with a man outside the Cue, a nearby establishment. Parker can be seen on video surveillance firing a handgun at another man as he fled the area on foot. Lindsey can also be seen shooting an AR-15 style rifle at the same man,” stated the release. “The Elizabeth City Police Department (ECPD) quickly responded and noticed damage to a nearby building consistent with gun shots. Officers recovered several .223 caliber and .45 caliber shell casings in the street where the shooting occurred.”

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Parker and Lindsey were arrested by ECPD and charged with state offenses and were later indicted in federal court.

“Parker is a convicted felon, having prior convictions for common law robbery, accessory after the fact of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and marijuana, as well as several misdemeanor convictions,” stated the release.

Lindsey also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition and is scheduled to be sentenced during the court’s February 2023 term of court.

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Elizabeth City Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted.