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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Armed Career Criminal Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Federal Fireams Violations

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District Of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte man was sentenced in federal court on Monday, June 3, 2013, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Derek Lorenzo Covington, 47, of Marshville, N.C. was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney to 180 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. In June 2012, Covington pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of federal gun laws. Covington’s prior felony convictions prohibit him from carrying a weapon. Because Covington has three or more prior felony convictions, he qualifies as an “armed career criminal.”

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, Chief Rodney D. Monroe of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and Sheriff James E. Clemmons, Jr. of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the criminal indictment and statements made in court, on May 3, 2011, Covington went into a pawnshop in Charlotte and pawned a Springfield 20 gauge shot gun. Law enforcement officers obtained video footage from the pawn shop that showed Covington pawning the shotgun. Law enforcement also recovered a pawn slip for the shotgun with Covington’s name and signature. At the time of the offense, Covington was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Court records indicate that law enforcement later determined the shotgun was a stolen firearm.

Covington has been in federal custody since December 2011. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon the designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was handled by ATF, CMPD and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Gleason of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Updated March 19, 2015