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Lumberton Man Convicted of Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

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

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, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting that occurred on December 25, 2019. At the residence, they found an individual suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement developed Michael Lane Breeden, 51, as a suspect in the shooting.

Officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Michael Lane Breeden on January 7, 2020. During the execution of the search warrant, officers recovered a loaded shotgun in Breeden’s bathroom just a few feet from where officers detained him. Breeden had previously been convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. 

Breeden faces a maximum penalty of 120 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 Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt accepted the verdict. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chad Rhoades and John Parris are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. 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.7:20-cr-00198-BR.

Updated August 11, 2021

Firearms Offenses