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Monroe, N.C. Man Is Sentenced To More Than Eight Years For Firearms Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
The Defendant Used an Illegally Obtained Firearm in Shooting Incident

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced today Marcus Damar Massey, 34, of Monroe, N.C. to 100 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release for a firearms offense, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. 

Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Charlotte, and Chief J. Bryan Gilliard of the Monroe Police Department, join U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

On September 5, 2019, Massey pleaded guilty to possessing two firearms, a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, and a 9mm pistol. Massey has prior felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition. At today’s sentencing hearing, Massey received an enhanced sentence in accordance with the United States Sentencing Guidelines, based on evidence presented by the government in support of an attempted murder enhancement.  According to information contained in court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, Massey was found in possession of the two weapons on May 12, 2018.  At the time, officers with the Monroe Police Department were investigating a shooting incident that occurred two weeks prior on April 29, 2018, at the intersection of Fairly Avenue and Morgan Mill Road, in Monroe.  Law enforcement officers investigating the incident collected five 9mm shell casings at the scene, and observed three bullet holes in the passenger side of the vehicle driven by the victim. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement identified Massey as the shooter and the 9mm pistol as the weapon used in the April 29th shooting.

Massey is currently in custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.  Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole. 

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray thanked HSI and the Monroe Police Department for handling the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Bozin, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.


Updated February 20, 2020

Firearms Offenses