Fayetteville Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced DASHAWN JEWELIN MCCALL, 24, of Sanford to 57 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.
MCCALL was named in a 1-count Indictment filed on March 28, 2017. On August 21, 2017, MCCALL subsequently pled guilty to one-count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
On December 13, 2016, officers from the Fayetteville Police Department were conducting surveillance on a vehicle belonging to MCCALL due to outstanding warrants for MCCALLS’s arrest. Officers observed MCCALL exit a nearby store with his girlfriend and enter the vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle and placed MCCALL under arrest. A .40 caliber handgun, loaded with fourteen rounds of ammunition, was found tucked into MCCALL’S waistband underneath his shirt. MCCALL admitted to possessing the firearm. Based on the investigation, MCCALL possessed a firearm on December 13, 2016, subsequent to sustaining a conviction for Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, a felony that is classified by the federal sentencing guidelines as a “crime of violence.” MCCALL provided a written acceptance of responsibility statement to the United States Probation Office acknowledging the conduct outlined in the Indictment.
This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
The Fayetteville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conducted the criminal investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorney James J. Kurosad handled the prosecution of this case for the government.