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Wilmington Gang Member Receives 30 Months for Gun Offense

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

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Wilmington man was sentenced today to 30 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  On March 24, 2021, Xavier Jamar Hall pled guilty to the charge.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Hall, 28, illegally possessed a stolen 9mm handgun as a previously convicted felon.  Hall is a validated member of the United Blood Nation street gang and former employee of TRU Colors Brewery in Wilmington. On June 19, 2020, Wilmington Police Department Officers attempted to stop a vehicle in which Hall was a passenger to serve him with outstanding warrants. The vehicle fled and Hall eventually jumped and ran through an abandoned lot. While running, Hall made a motion that led officers to believe that he threw something. A search of the area recovered a handgun. Forensic examination of DNA found on the gun confirmed that Hall had possessed it.

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 James C. Dever III.  The Wilmington Police Department (WPD) 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. 7:20-CR-00190-D.

Updated June 24, 2021

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