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Fayetteville Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Firearm and Drug Charges

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

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces United States District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced RYAN DETRELL ROBINSON, 27, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 204 months imprisonment.

On January 10, 2018, ROBINSON was seen on video firing an assault weapon into the air during a dispute with another man outside of the Coliseum Inn, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  After the man attempted to run away, ROBINSON took chase in his vehicle and shot the man, resulting in serious injuries.

Almost two weeks later, on January 23, 2018, law enforcement attempted to pull over a car being driven by ROBINSON, who was inside the car with two other people.  ROBINSON led the police on a high-speed chase, driving against traffic before wrecking the car.  He then got out of the car and ran from the police before being caught.  A firearm and cocaine were found in the car. 

ROBINSON was charged twice for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He was also charged with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  ROBINSON was originally facing a sentence of 57-71 months; however, the Court, on a motion of this Office, upwardly departed based on the use of a dangerous weapon and the physical injuries sustained as a result. 

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.

In support of PSN, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina has implemented the 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.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fayetteville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Donald R. Pender handled the prosecution of this case for the government.

Updated June 3, 2019

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