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

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Lumberton Gang Member Convicted of Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal jury convicted a Lumberton man yesterday on a charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, an officer with the Lumberton Police department observed a red Nissan Rogue fail to stop at a stop sign. The officer approached the vehicle and contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Emanuel Mann Billings. Billings admitted that he ran the stop sign, and the officer took his identification where he learned Billings was a convicted felon. The officer reapproached the vehicle and asked whether Billings possessed anything illegal in the vehicle. Billings admitted that he possessed a firearm in the center console of the vehicle.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers were able to review open-sourced social media that showed Billings had been in possession of the firearm for months. Law enforcement also learned that Billings was associated with the street gang, Folk Nation. Billings had previously been convicted of multiple counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and assault inflicting physical injury of a detention employee. 

Billings faces a minimum penalty of 180 months in prison when sentenced in November of 2021.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III accepted the verdict. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and Lumberton Police Department  are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chad Rhoades and John Harris are prosecuting 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.7:19-cr-00190-D.

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Updated August 26, 2021