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Charlotte Man Is Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Possession Of A Firearm By A Felon

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced that Bryan Dequan Ledbetter, 48, of Charlotte, was sentenced on Monday to 96 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bennie Mims, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to documents filed in the case and court proceedings, on September 25, 2022, in the early morning hours, Ledbetter used a bedroom window to enter the home of a female victim who was known to Ledbetter. Upon hearing Ledbetter attempting to enter her home, the victim called 911. While she was on the phone with the dispatcher, the victim managed to escape and run toward the neighbor’s home. Ledbetter caught up with the victim on the neighbor’s porch, placed his hands around the victim’s neck and began to squeeze her neck. Ledbetter then dragged the victim on the neighbor’s yard while keeping his hands around her neck. Court records show that, while Ledbetter held the victim down, he pulled out a firearm and fired into the air. Ledbetter then dragged the victim in the nearby bushes where he placed the muzzle of the firearm against the victim’s head and under her neck. When officers arrived at the scene, they ordered Ledbetter to surrender. At first, Ledbetter refused and continued to press his firearm against the victim’s head. Ledbetter eventually threw down his firearm and he was arrested on scene.

On March 14, 2023, Ledbetter pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ledbetter has prior state convictions that include assault on a female and felony assault by strangulation, and he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.  

Ledbetter is in federal custody. He will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the ATF and CMPD for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Lindahl of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.



Updated June 22, 2024

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