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Selma man sentenced for 10 years in federal prision on gun charge

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RALEIGH—A 29-year-old Selma man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after police say he fired a gun into a neighboring apartment.

Darnell Thomas Brown pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon on Dec. 11. U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced him last week in a Raleigh federal courtroom, U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon’s office announced in a news release. Following the 10-year active sentence, Brown will be under three years of supervised release.

Selma police were called to a shots-fired call on Feb. 26, 2018. Police said Brown shot into a bedroom with children inside.

Police searched Brown’s apartment and allegedly found cocaine, marijuana, ammunition and rifle accessories. Police found a loaded rifle and two handguns, one of which was stolen, outside his apartment.

Police seized the weapons and later arrested Brown, who claimed the shooting was accidental.

The case was prosecuted in the federal court system through Project Safe Neighborhoods, a local-federal partnership aimed at reducing violent crime. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted the Selma Police Department with the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Dodson prosecuted the case.