Convicted Felon Sentenced To More Than 17 Years On Gun Charge

A Martin County man was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh to more than 17 years behind bars on a firearms charge.

Desmond Smith, age 23 of Williamston, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release following his prison term.

In September 2008, Smith pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Williamston police were notified in December 2007 that Smith, a convicted felon, had a gun. Police conducted a traffic stop and found a stolen, loaded 9 milimeter semi-automatic handgun with ammunition in Smith's vehicle.

Officials say Smith's previous convictions include possessions of stolen property, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, several counts of breaking and entering, injury to real property, larceny, assault on a female, and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm.

U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding said "the sentence in this case should be a stark reminder to convicted felons – if you’re armed, the penalty will be heavy.”


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    ta ta i knoe him he has done a lot of stuff it is about time they get him
  • by PrayPrayPray Location: Williamston on Mar 9, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    Instead of talking about each other we should pray for each other. Let go and Let god. No weapon formed against thee shall prosper.
  • by Ta-Ta-talicious Location: williamston on Mar 9, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    I would like to say I don't wish nobody to jail time like that 4 a firearm come on now. I mean people change u know and I don't even know him, u cant judge nobody, what if it were some of ur people im talking to the onez whose posted all of this negativity that's wrong and u know it they say them cops are crooked anyway who knows only God. May God be with his family and his babymama's the kids need him the most. Now you know that 17yrs is too long for anybody to spend in jail behind a firearm, but let it have been a white guy, he probably would have just got probation. My prayers and sympathy goes 2 his mother and babymamas be strong 4 im cuz he gone need it.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    17 years ! thats a long time.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: WILLIAMSTON on Mar 3, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    I'M NOT GONNA JUDGE HIM, ALTHOUGH HE THOUGHT VERY LITTLE OF HIS FAMILY WHEN HE WAS COMMITTING THOSE CRIMES...MS EWELL YOU SHOULD NOT BE TOO UPSET BECAUSE HE JUST ABUSED YOU WHEN HE FELT LIKE IT.MAYBE NOW HE'LL THINK OF HIS FAMILY WHICH IS TOO LATE.JUST WISEN UP BECAUSE THE NEXT TIME YOU MAY NOT BE SO LUCKY...
  • by slow Location: Williamston on Mar 3, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    Be careful how you try to quote and use God's word. He don't need us to tell others what we really want to say and try to cover it with his word, that's dangerous. I pray that Him and his family find peace in the mist of their storm. But you can't tell his victim's all these excuse's that are being made. And if you don't like cops be a real man work and take care of your family and stay out of trouble stop beating up your baby mama and cops will be your least worry.
  • by B.C.T. Location: Williamston on Mar 3, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    First of all Ms.Ewell need to learn the english language and spelling.Second when he was knocking you around was that okay too? Why do you want him out so bad? So he can finish the job and then be in jail for 1st Degree Murder? He is only 23 yrs.old so when did he take the time to change his ways? He did these crimes all the way up to this age! And he knew he had these KIDS when he done it.I do think 17 yrs.is a bit extreme but he's been to prison before and when he was released,he continued to commit crimes instead of turning his life around at that time! So Ms.Ewell (or shall I say Mrs.Smith),he's had a few breaks in life.And this comment is no disrespect to his mother,because she is a good mother to him,but look what he put her through? You have a son!!! do you want him to follow in his dad's footsteps?
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamston on Mar 3, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    Its about time!!!!! After all the things he has gotten away with. He should have looked for this. Marquita you say he changed, for the first 2 days he get out. He did not think about his kids while he was out and its not like he ever did anything for them anyway. What kind of life will would you have with him. He's a no good person that society has no use for. Better off locked up. Now maybe my daughter can get over him too. His mother should be happy he didnt end up 6ft under after all the robberies he committed. God has a way of taking care of his people, maybe this is his way of taking care of you and his mother. Maybe his kids will have a better chance without his influence on their lives. He had no problem of snithchin before so we no that was not the case in that matter. When has he ever thought of any body but his sorry behind.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    He who is free from sin, cast the first stone. He who judge shall be judge. Don't forget that you have children and what you wish for others could be your fate. This is not a perfect world that we live in and we know that it is not what you know but who you know in this world. If we all paid for what we do, I doubt if any of us would escape punishment. Regardless of what a person do, they deserve a change to change. Know that in this county their is a no hope type of atmosphere; nothing to do, nowhere to go and trouble around every corner. Remember, you are just a police stop from being in jail yourself. Which one of your friends will tell on you and which one of you will take the blame in the name of friendship for a crime he/she did not do. At least he has some moral values, no matter how misplaced they are. He was a better friend to most than they could ever be to him with their petty jealousy. I hope God will have favor on him and he will one day understand that God is..
  • by mitch Location: martin county on Feb 28, 2009 at 12:50 AM
    Dirty Cops! He got 17 years on a gun charge? He is a petty theif; not some kingpin at 23 years old. Truth is is would not testify for US Attorney against some others who he has associated with. The feds then threw the book at him. Who notified the Williamston Police that he had a gun? How many other people in Williamston Carry guns in their cars? I would get a good lawyer and appeal this conviction if I were Desmond. Rumor is that the FEDs approached him and he told them to get bent.
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