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Lumberton Gang Member Sentenced to Eight Years in Federal Prison After Conviction for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Robeson County man was sentenced to 100 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. On November 29, 2023, a federal jury convicted, Quillan Inman of the charge.

"This defendant’s long history of violence has finally caught up to him, now getting ten years in federal prison after a high-speed chase exceeding 90 miles per hour in Robeson County," said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley.  "We are proud to partner with the FBI and Robeson County Sheriff’s Office to prioritize cases involving violent felons undermining safety in Southeastern North Carolina."​​​​

"I want to thank our federal partners for their continued collaboration with our agency and hard work to help us keep the residents of Robeson County safe," said Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins. "Gangs, guns, and drugs continue to be an issue in our county, and efforts such as this should send a message that we won’t tolerate it. A jury has spoken in this case, which I consider to be further evidence that people are fed up with this type of behavior."

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Inman, 33, possessed a firearm as a convicted felon. Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered this during a traffic stop involving a vehicle in which Inman was a passenger. The deputies initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle initially evaded them, accelerating to speeds over 90mph. When the vehicle eventually came to a stop, a deputy observed Inman making suspicious movements toward the front of his hooded sweatshirt. Inman was ordered to step out of the vehicle. As Inman stepped out of the vehicle, the deputy saw the handle of a handgun sticking out of the pocket of the hoodie. He immediately cuffed Inman, who attempted to grab the gun as the deputy patted him down. The deputy also recovered suspected cocaine and suboxone strips. A search of the vehicle revealed three more firearms. Inman denied his possession of the firearm throughout the case even telling the jury at trial that the Sheriff’s Office planted all of the evidence in the case.

Inman was previously convicted in North Carolina state court of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree kidnapping as well as multiple breaking and entering charges. He has a lengthy criminal history spanning back to 2010.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Robeson County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lori Warlick and Phil Aubart 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. 7:22-CR-7-FL.

Updated April 18, 2024

Firearms Offenses