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NEW BERN — A Lumberton man could serve more than seven years in prison after he was sentenced Thursday in federal court on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a news release.

Frederick Beverly, 41 pled guilty to the charge in January, says Robert J. Hidgon Jr., who is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

According to the prosecutor’s office, on Jan. 19, 2017, a team of law enforcement officers from several departments found Beverly’s vehicle in Robeson County with a Hi[Point .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun under a seat.

At sentencing, it was noted that Beverly was found in possession of firearms on two additional occasions following his January 2017 arrest. On September 19, 2017, and again on March 16, 2018, officers of the Lumberton Police Department conducted traffic stops of vehicles which Beverly drove or in which he was a passenger and found him to be in possession of handguns.

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