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Frederick sentenced

NEW BERN – A Garysburg man will spend the next 80 months behind bars after his appearance in federal court here Friday.

Federal District Court Judge Louise Wood Flanagan handed down the active prison sentence to Khaalid Sharif Frederick. She also ordered three years of supervised release and was required to pay a special assessment of $100.

Minute entries in the federal court record show Frederick was advised of his appeal rights and then remanded to custody.

It was recommended he be placed in the Petersburg, Virginia, federal prison.

Frederick pled guilty on Aug. 16 of last year to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Frederick was federally indicted for having been previously convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment for more than a year while possessing a firearm and ammunition.

On Nov. 24, 2015, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department received a 911 call from Frederick’s mother requesting assistance. She indicated that her son was at her residence and out of control.

Four officers were dispatched to the scene. When officers entered the residence they encountered a male (later identified as Frederick) with a gun.

Upon seeing the weapon, the police officers retreated, taking the person who reported the matter with them. They surrounded the residence and evacuated nearby residences.

During the ordeal, in which officers from surrounding areas were eventually dispatched, the man did not threaten use of the weapon, according to Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Chuck Hasty.

While he did not challenge the entering officers with gunfire, police did discover two rounds were fired into the walls of his bedroom, Hasty said, adding that it was not clear when those rounds were fired.

After four hours, Frederick exited the residence and surrendered. A search of the residence revealed the loaded .40 caliber pistol.

At the time of his November 2015 arrest, Frederick was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods 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.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by the Roanoke Rapids Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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