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Maxton Man Sentenced for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Maxton man was sentenced today to 132 months in prison and five years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a firearm.  On December 9, 2020, Jonathan Wayne Clark, 28, pled guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on July 20, 2019, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a shooting that occurred at a party in Red Springs. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased victim. During the processing of the crime scene, law enforcement located .40 caliber and 7.62 caliber spent shell casings and a Glock 23, .40 caliber pistol.  A crime scene witness advised that she observed an Indian male covered in tattoos shoot a firearm. Further investigation revealed that Clark attended the party and possessed a Draco AK-47 style pistol. While at the party, a fight broke out amongst the attendees and guns were drawn.

Law enforcement interviewed Clark, and he admitted to possessing the Draco AK-47 style pistol and shooting it into the air during the altercation. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office examined the shell casings and determined that the recovered Draco AK-47 style pistol fired the rounds.  During the interview, Clark also admitted to being a gang member and associated with the Folk Nation. He acknowledged that he was a convicted felon and previously served multiple years in prison. Clark also admitted to possessing two additional guns on prior occasions.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office  investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chad Rhoades 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. 7:20-CR-00094-FL.

Updated June 8, 2021

Firearms Offenses