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Eastern District of North Carolina

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

New Hanover County Gang Member Receives 115 Months for Gun Offense

NEW BERN, N.C. – A Wilmington man was sentenced today to 115 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  On October 17, 2019, Quaneik Kasson Allen pled guilty to the charge.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Allen, 23, illegally possessed a firearm in connection with an April 21, 2019 shooting incident.  Allen, a validated member of the Double I Bloods street gang, was on post-release supervision from a prior state felony conviction for possession of a stolen firearm.  The incident – captured on Wilmington Housing Authority surveillance video – took place in the Houston Moore housing complex.  Co-defendant, Antonio Spencer (previously sentenced), brutally assaulted a pregnant female who was ultimately able to flee the scene.  A short time later, Allen approached Spencer and the two fought.  During the struggle, a gun Spencer had in his waistband, dropped to the ground.  Allen retrieved the gun and used it to shoot Spencer five times at close range.  Spencer was treated and released from the hospital two days later.  Responding officers from Wilmington Police Department stopped Allen while leaving the scene and recovered a .38 caliber revolver with five spent shell casings and a .380 caliber handgun. 

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 (ATF) and the Wilmington Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany  prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

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-00092-FL.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 26, 2021