Man gets 40 months on weapons charge

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — A local man has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for a 2016 crime involving firearms.

Roderick McNeill, 23, of Lumberton was sentenced Wednesday by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard, according to information from the U.S. Department of Justice.

McNeill was indicted June 22, 2017, and pleaded guilty on March 12 to possession of an unregistered firearm.

Lumberton police responded on April 4, 2016, to a call about shots fired near a building that housed a restaurant and a convenience store, according to the DOJ information. Investigators recovered on the roof of a church a sawed-off, 8-inch-long Braztech 20-gauge shotgun with a makeshift pistol grip attached and a barrel that had been wrapped in electrical tape. The investigators determined it had been thrown there by McNeill.

Also found were three rounds of .38 special caliber ammunition, one 20-gauge shotgun round, and a metal adapter designed to fit into the shotgun’s chamber to allow it to fire .38 special caliber ammunition.

McNeill was taken into custody on Nov. 7, 2016, for numerous outstanding warrants, including conduct related to the possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

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Staff report