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Charlotte Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison On Federal Gun Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District Of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced Reginald Lashawn Lockhart, 30, of Charlotte to serve to 180 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release for a federal gun offense, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division and Chief Rodney D. Monroe of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

According to filed court documents and statements made in court, on September 12, 2012, CMPD police officers received information that Lockhart was in possession of two stolen firearms. Court records indicate that when law enforcement searched Lockhart’s Charlotte residence they found a Smith & Wesson, .40 caliber pistol, which was loaded with 15 rounds. According to court records and court proceedings, law enforcement later determined that the pistol was stolen. Court records show that Lockhart had six prior convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon and two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Lockhart’s prior convictions prohibit him from carrying a firearm. Lockhart pleaded guilty in April 2013 to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and he was sentenced as an armed career criminal.

Lockhart has been in federal custody since November 2012. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was handled by ATF and CMPD. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Gleason of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Updated March 19, 2015