In March of last year, police identified a 28-year-old North Carolina man as the individual who fired shots in a Wilmington shooting. Not long after that incident, Wilmington police say the same man was also involved in a break-in. Police believe he was looking for someone who stole money from him. Not believing that person had moved, he apparently entered a home after pistol-whipping its residents.
Police found him after he was chased of the property. At the time, he was on supervised release for a 2005 weapons-related conviction. The Wilmington man was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty to both weapon charges. His sentencing hearing took place recently, and he was ordered to serve up to 15 years in prison.
As this case shows, North Carolina law enforcement officers do not take weapons crimes or other violent crimes lightly. If you have been arrested by police, it is important to understand that you still have rights. First and foremost, it is important to use your right to remain silent. Anything you say to police could end up being used against you in a trial or judgment.
Second, those arrested for violent crimes should remember that under U.S. law, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. While it may seem like there is no way out, experienced Wilmington defense attorneys understand the complexities of these cases. Speaking to an attorney may be helpful in making sure all of the facts are properly examined, and that you understand your rights and options.
Source: WECT, "Wilmington man sentenced on weapons charges," Dec. 19, 2011