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Greensboro Man Sentenced to 103 Months Imprisonment for Possessing a Stolen Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of North Carolina
Incident Occurred in Sanford, Lee County, N.C.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - A Greensboro resident was sentenced today in federal court in Greensboro for knowingly possessing a stolen firearm, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina.

TEQUAN JAMEZ BARKLEY, age 31, was sentenced to a 103 month term of imprisonment by Senior United States District Judge N. Carlton Tilley, Jr. In addition to prison time, BARKLEY was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay a special assessment of $100.00. BARKLEY pleaded guilty on February 3, 2020, to possession of a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe the firearm was stolen.

Court records show that on June 24, 2018, Sanford Police were investigating a shooting incident outside a nightclub when they received information about a gray Chevrolet Suburban seen near the nightclub. Police saw a gray Chevrolet Suburban traveling nearby, parking at a convenience store. BARKLEY was driving the vehicle, and he was arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants. After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, police found a loaded .38 caliber revolver on the front passenger seat under a plastic bag. The gun was reported stolen in Sanford in 2017. Police later obtained other warrants and conducted testing on the firearm, finding BARKLEY’S DNA on the gun.

The case was investigated by the Sanford Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anand Ramaswamy.


Updated August 14, 2020