A local man is facing an 18 year federal prison sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Jason Spencer, 31, of Grimesland in Pitt County was sentenced Tuesday by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard to 216 months in prison followed by five years supervised release.
Spencer was arrested in December 2010 after a deputy recognized him on surveillance video at Big Boy's Auto in Grimesland as it was being burglarized. When deputies searched the van Spencer was in on their way to question him for the break-in, deputies say they found firearms, power tools and a bow and arrow that Spencer admitted he and another suspect had stolen from a neighbor.
The stolen firearms included a Mossberg 100, ATR bolt action .270 caliber rifle; a Remington model 788 bolt action .308 caliber rifle; a Remington 100 12-gauge shotgun; a Stevens model 94 410-gauge shotgun; and a Kmart model 151 20-gauge shotgun.
This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified "team effort" against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Pitt County Sheriff's Deputies and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett prosecuted the case.