North Carolina Felon Sentenced to 52 Months for Illegally Possessing Firearm

Duquan McLeod, age 32, of Rockingham, North Carolina, was sentenced yesterday to 52 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a loaded pistol as a felon.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

As part of his previously entered guilty plea, McLeod admitted that he possessed a 9mm semi-automatic pistol when Schenectady Police Department officers encountered him in downtown Schenectady on March 16, 2021.  The patrol officers, who were responding to a call of individuals fighting, observed McLeod drop the pistol to the ground when they approached him.  The pistol was equipped with a fully loaded 30-round magazine.  A prior felony conviction for armed robbery prevented McLeod from legally possessing the firearm.

United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also ordered McLeod to serve a 3-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.

Author: Mike Jackson