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North Carolina man sentenced to 10 years in prison for firearm charge

A Wilmington man was sentenced June 9 to 120 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for possessing a firearm while being a prohibited person and in connection with another felony offense, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. Herbert Anthony Sloan pleaded guilty to the charge on September 30, 2020.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, late on July 13, 2019, Sloan, 34, entered a home in Wilmington with a firearm.

“Sloan was purportedly looking for a female who was not home. Sloan remained at the residence with the female’s mother, however, and displayed a firearm while in the mother’s bedroom,” stated the release. “The mother reported being scared, feeling threatened and believed she was unable to leave. The daughter learned of the situation and called 911. Responding officers found Sloan on the sidewalk just outside the home and recovered a loaded .38 caliber pistol from Sloan’s waistband. Sloan later tried to obstruct the investigation by pressuring the mother and her daughter to drop the charges.”

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The Wilmington office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany prosecuted.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program “bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone,” the release continued. “The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.”

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