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Beaufort County Man Sentenced to Eight Years Imprisonment on Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced DAVON DONNELL REID, 38, of Chocowinity to 96 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

REID was named in a Criminal Information filed on November 27, 2018 charging him with possession of firearms by a felon.  On November 28, 2018, REID pled guilty to that charge. 

According to the investigation, between January and June of 2018, REID possessed 24 firearms after organizing straw purchases of the firearms in and around Greenville, North Carolina. On July 26, 2018, REID was arrested in Washington, North Carolina after law enforcement executed a search warrant for the residence where REID was staying. In the front bedroom, law enforcement found a 12-gauge shotgun and a .223 caliber rifle.  REID was prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior federal felony conviction for conspiring to distribute 224 grams of cocaine base (crack).

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.  Since 2017, the United States Department of Justice has reinvigorated the PSN program and has targeted violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

That effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices in those communities on a sustained basis to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Police Department, Greenville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation in this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Aakash Singh represented the government.


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Updated February 12, 2020

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