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Mooresville Man Is Sentenced To More Than Nine Years In Prison Possession Of A Firearm By A Felon

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced Charod Terron Terry, 35, of Mooresville, N.C., to 110 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a felon, 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, Sheriff Darren Campbell of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and Chief David W. Onley of the Statesville Police Department join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on July 14, 2022, deputies with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a vehicle check when they observed a car attempting to evade the checkpoint. Law enforcement proceeded to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle. Terry was a passenger in the vehicle. During the stop, law enforcement asked Terry to exit the vehicle. As Terry exited the vehicle, the deputies observed a partial firearm hidden inside a bag that was tucked between the passenger seat and the passenger door of the vehicle. Law enforcement retrieved from the bag a firearm, as well as trafficking quantities of fentanyl and cocaine base. During the investigation, law enforcement determined the firearm belonged to Terry. Testimony also showed that Terry had dealt cocaine base to undercover officers on eight different occasions in 2021. Court records show that Terry is a felon with prior convictions for drug possession and he is prohibited from possessing a firearm. At today’s sentencing hearing, Terry received an enhanced sentence for his use of a firearm in connection with drug trafficking.

On February 2, 2024, Terry pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is 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, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Statesville Police Department for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfredo De La Rosa 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 27, 2024

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