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Robeson County Man Sentenced For Gun Offense

RALEIGH — A Robeson County man was sentenced Wednesday to 115 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Wednesday.

According to court documents, on July 21, 2018, Roger Bryant Locklear, 30, and a friend traveled from Lumberton to Raleigh to purchase drugs. Locklear and his friend picked up the would-be supplier who gave them a sample of the drugs and instructed them to drive to a location on Beauty Avenue. The transaction turned into an attempted robbery and shots were fired by both Locklear and the would-be supplier. Both men suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds, were treated at a local hospital, and later arrested.

Locklear already had a substantial criminal record, having amassed 19 prior criminal convictions, including six felonies. At least three of Locklear’s prior felony convictions involved violent firearm offenses, including two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and a prior conviction for discharging a firearm into a vehicle that was occupied by four people.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department conducted the investigation of the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, 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.

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