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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Greenville Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

WILMINGTON – A Greenville man was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for possessing a firearm by a convicted felon. 

According to court documents, Sherrod Farico Jones, Jr., 28 of Greenville, North Carolina was named in an Indictment filed on February 6, 2020 charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  On June 30, 2020, Jones pled guilty to that charge.  Jones’  was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison to run consecutive to his state conviction for trafficking fentanyl. 

In March of 2019, Greenville Police Officers responded to a call involving a suspicious person walking in the middle of the street while impaired.  The officers found Jones impaired and disoriented while leaning against a car at the location.  When officers attempted to pat down Jones for weapons, Jones began to resist and attempted to reach towards his pants.  Officers restrained Jones and located a loaded revolver in his right pants pocket.  Jones had previously been convicted of trafficking in Fentanyl in Pitt County Superior Court.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Greenville Police Department conducted the investigation.  The Pitt County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigated of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris  prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:20-CR-00009-M.

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Updated December 1, 2020