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Convicted Felon On Federal Supervised Release Is Sentenced To Prison For Illegal Gun Possession

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jermaine Whitaker, 44, of Charlotte, was sentenced today to 92 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegal possession of a firearm, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

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 court documents and today’s court proceedings, in 2015, Whitaker was convicted of drug and firearm offenses in the Western District of North Carolina and was ordered to serve 84 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release. In June 2021, CMPD officers executed an arrest warrant for the defendant for violating the terms of his supervised release. While executing the arrest warrant at a residence in Charlotte, CMPD officers located a loaded firearm and ammunition. Law enforcement determined that the firearm belonged to Whitaker and was reported stolen. Court records show that Whitaker paid $80 to purchase the firearm.

In announcing today’s sentence U.S. Attorney King said, “Whitaker violated federal gun laws that prohibit convicted felons from possessing firearms. He further broke the law by obtaining a stolen gun from an illegal source. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to remove illegal firearms from our communities and hold illegal gun possessors accountable for their actions,” said U.S. Attorney King.

“Possession of a firearm by a felon is illegal and jeopardizes the safety of the community,” said Special Agent in Charge Mims. “Recovering stolen firearms and keeping guns out of the hands of prohibited individuals plays an important role in reducing violent crime and better protecting our neighborhoods.”

On June 24, 2022, Whitaker pleaded guilty to possession of firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently in federal custody and 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 United States Attorney Christopher Hess, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, 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 July 19, 2023

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