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Onslow County Man Sentenced on Firearm and Robbery Charges

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

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, John Stuart Bruce, announced that in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever sentenced MATTHEW ASHLEY CUMMINGS, 26, of Hubert, NC to 144 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.


On May 22, 2017, CUMMINGS pled guilty to a four count indictment, consisting of two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and one count each of Possession of Stolen Firearms and Attempted Interference with Commerce by Robbery.


The evidence established that during the early hours of September 3, 2016, CUMMINGS and an accomplice burglarized the Pamlico County home of a man who owns a gun show business. CUMMINGS broke into two gun safes and stole, among other things, over two dozen guns and approximately $241,000. The evidence further established that on November 2, 2016, CUMMINGS attempted to rob a fictitious heroin dealer in Wilmington, North Carolina. In doing so, CUMMINGS directed a confidential informant to pick him up in a car and to drive to a location where CUMMINGS retrieved a firearm to be used in the robbery. Officers arrested CUMMINGS enroute to the purported target and recovered the firearm in CUMMINGS’ possession.


The investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, and the Jacksonville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jake D. Pugh is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Updated August 31, 2017

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