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Bladenboro man sentenced to 7 years after confronting police with semi-automatic rifle

RALEIGH — The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Wednesday that United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Marcus Theodore Hill, 30 of Bladenboro to 84 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Hill pled guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in March.

The evidence established that during the evening of February 22, 2018, state probation officers were conducting a search of a residence with assistance from a Bladen County Sheriff’s Office detective.

During the search, the detective had stepped outside to retrieve items from his truck when he heard someone yell, “Hey, who is that.” Looking up, he saw a man’s silhouette under a street lamp. The detective identified himself as law enforcement, and the man, later identified as Hill pulled an assault rifle-styled firearm from behind his back.

In response, the detective drew his weapon, and Hill turned and ran. The detective and one of the probation officers pursued Hill, who they found crouching with the rifle at a nearby tree line. Hill gave himself up, and officers seized the firearm, a Norinco SKS 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle with an extended magazine.

Hill’s federal conviction follows multiple state felony convictions. In total, he has accrued seven felony drug convictions in Virginia and North Carolina, with multiple convictions in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The investigation was conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Jake D. Pugh represented the government.

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