Wilmington man sentenced on weapons charges

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man from Wilmington will spend up to 15 years in prison after being sentenced this week in federal court.

Russell Jonathan Carroll, 28, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

The investigation showed that in March last year, police responded to a shooting in Wilmington and identified Carroll as the shooter. Police recovered the weapon used in the shooting, which was a Kimber .45 caliber pistol.

Later that year in a second incident, Carroll and another person went to a home looking for someone. Investigators say Carroll was trying to find someone he believed stole drugs and money from him. That person didn't live there anymore, but Carroll didn't believe it, so investigators say he pistol whipped the people and went inside the home.

After being chased off the property by a neighbor, police caught up with Carroll and his partner. Carroll took off and wasn't caught for another day, but police recovered a pistol and the victim's belongings.

At the time, Carroll was already on supervised release for a conviction in 2005 on unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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