RALEIGH, N.C. – A Robeson County man was sentenced today to 70 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for a firearm offenses.
According to court documents, Corey Elton Jones, 39, was charged in a superseding criminal information with one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Jones pled guilty on October 31, 2019.
In December 2018, Jones was less than a year into a 30 month term of probation after pleading guilty in March 2017 to a number of state charges, including a felony charge for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. On December 19, 2018, state probation officers and Robeson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of Jones’ residence. Jones initially denied having any guns but officers found a fully loaded .40 caliber handgun in a dresser drawer with Jones’ wallet. Another drawer contained a bag of ammunition and a .22 caliber rifle was also found in the closet of Jones’ bedroom. After his arrest, Jones waived his Miranda rights and admitted to possessing the handgun.
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. ATF Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, and North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Corrections Probation/Parole investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Stephany prosecuted the case.
This case is also 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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina implements the PSN Program through its Take Back North Carolina Initiative. This initiative emphasizes the regional assignment of federal prosecutors to work with law enforcement and District Attorney’s Offices on a sustained basis in those communities to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.
A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:19-CR-79-D.
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