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United Blood Nation Gang Member Gets 10 Years in Federal Prison After Shooting a Raleigh Resident in the Neck

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Raleigh United Blood Nation gang member was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and shooting a victim.

According to court documents, Destin Devaunta Wilson, 24, was named in a one-count Indictment filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina on July 18, 2019.  The Indictment charged Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon on February 18, 2019.  On December 4, 2019, the defendant pled guilty to the Indictment.

U.S. Attorney Higdon stated, “This shooting is but another example of the violence and danger that this defendant and the members of the United Blood Nation bring to communities all across the Eastern District.  My office is laser focused on breaking the UBN and ending their reign of fear and terror.”

On February 18, 2019, officers with the Raleigh Police Department (RPD), responded to a shooting at 567 Dacian Road in Raleigh. During the investigation, officers interviewed witnesses who reported that an argument ensued between Wilson and two other individuals at the aforementioned residence. As the argument escalated, Wilson pulled out a gun, pointed it at the male with whom he was arguing, and shot him in the neck. Wilson fled from the shooting scene, but was spotted in downtown Raleigh later that evening. Officers arrested WILSON, who was in possession of a .40 caliber pistol and 6 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel W. Smith  prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:19-cr-00281-D.


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