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Greenville Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing a Handgun and Ammunition as a Felon

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Greenville  man was sentenced today to 52 months in prison for possessing a handgun and ammunition as a convicted felon.  On September 21, 2021, James Layquan Smith pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition as a Felon.  Smith had previously been convicted of Attempted Second Degree Robbery in Kings County Supreme Court in New York in 2011.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, James Smith, 27, on October 21, 2019, took his girlfriend’s handgun and told her to drive him to a family member’s house.  Smith also made his girlfriend’s children ride in the car.  While driving, Smith threatened to shoot his girlfriend if they were pulled over by police officers.  The girlfriend panicked at an intersection and Smith ran from the car.  Pitt County deputies responded quickly and were able to arrest Smith.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and 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-39-BO.

Updated January 5, 2022

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