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Wilmington man sentenced for possession of firearm-Dominic king

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October 24, 2012

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today DYMON LAQUINN BLACK, 25, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever to 126 months imprisonment; 5 years supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment. 

On July 11, 2012, BLACK pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana in violation of Title 21, United States Code 841(a) and Possessing and Using a Firearm during a Drug Trafficking Offense.

On August 9, 2011, in Wilmington, BLACK he met with a man to sell drugs to him.  BLACK, instead of selling drugs, decided to rob the man of his money, cell phone and mp3 player.  During the course of the robbery, BLACK discharged his firearm into the ground near the victim.  After the robbery, the victim ran after him asking for his belongings back.  BLACK turned around and discharged the firearm again near the victim and then threw down some of the victim’s belongings. The man who was robbed called 911 and BLACK went back to his home.  While trying to unload the gun, BLACK shot himself in the hand and went to the hospital.  The hospital notified the Wilmington Police Department that BLACK had presented to the hospital with a gunshot wound claiming to be a victim of a robbery.  Officers went to the hospital and spoke with BLACK.  They asked for consent to search his home, which BLACK granted.  When officers went to his home, they found the firearm, 19 bags of marijuana and a substantial amount of blood from where BLACK had shot himself.  BLACK was taken to the Wilmington Police Department and gave a statement after being read his Miranda rights, wherein he confessed to being the person that robbed the victim and then accidentally shot himself in the hand while he was trying to unload the firearm. 

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Police Department.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Charity Wilson is serving as prosecutor for the government. Ms. Wilson is a prosecutor with the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office.  District Attorney Ben David has assigned her to the United States Attorney's Office to prosecute federal Project Safe Neighborhood cases and other violent crime cases.

 

 

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