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Northampton County Felon Sentenced to More Than 5 Years Following a Shooting in Rich Square

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

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Rich Square man was sentenced on August 5, 2021 to 63 months in prison for felon in possession of ammunition.  On April 2, 2021, Rasean Bolden pled guilty to the charge.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Rasean Bolden, 39, got into a verbal altercation with two men in the area of Highway 308 and Highway 258 in Rich Square.  Deputies from the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area following a report that one of the men had been shot and beaten.  Deputies located the victim who had injuries to his head and jaw and was transported by emergency services to a local hospital where he survived.  Deputies also recovered spent shell casings in the area where the shooting occurred.  Bolden has several felony drug convictions and was a prior target of the Down East Drug Task Force for drug distribution in Northampton County.  Bolden also has a prior conviction for conspiracy to commit robbery and many misdemeanor convictions. 

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II.  The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson 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. 2:20-CR-25-M.

Updated September 29, 2021

Firearms Offenses