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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Jacksonville Man Sentenced on Gun Charges Following Shooting Death

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced DELMAN DEWAYNE DIXON, 24, of Jacksonville, NC to 135 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

On October 30, 2017, DIXON pled guilty to a three-count criminal information, charging three counts of Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Felon, each arising from a separate date. 

The evidence established that on November 30, 2015, deputies from the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a residence in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  There they discovered that DIXON had exchanged gunfire with a man named Quinn Everette over a disputed drug deal.  Everette was killed, and DIXON received a gunshot wound to his shoulder.  Law enforcement did not recover the firearm, but found DIXON in possession of ammunition.

The evidence further established that on May 5, 2016, officers of the Jacksonville Police Department conducted a traffic stop and found DIXON in possession of a Hi-Point .40 caliber pistol.  Then, on December 2, 2016, members of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant and an arrest warrant at DIXON’s Jacksonville residence.  DIXON fled but was soon apprehended.  Law enforcement recovered a stolen Springfield XD 9mm pistol and also a Davis Industries .380 caliber pistol that DIXON had directed his girlfriend to hide

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF)conducted the investigation of this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Jake D. Pugh is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 1, 2018