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Christopher Allen McKiver
Christopher Allen McKiver

A New Hanover County jury found a Charlotte man guilty of a firearms charge last week.

Christopher Allen McKiver, 41, of Stoney Place Court in Charlotte, was found guilty Wednesday of possession of a firearm by a felon after a trial in New Hanover County Superior Court, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David.

“Officers were dispatched to Long Leaf Park on April 12, 2014, after a concerned citizen reported to emergency communications that a man was brandishing a handgun,” David said. “Officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded and located the offender matching the description given by the caller.”

McKiver walked away from his vehicle and left the car engine running as police approached him, David said. Police found a .45-caliber Sig Sauer handgun within feet of the vehicle. The gun had been reported stolen from a vehicle in Elizabethtown.

The jury found McKiver not guilty on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm, according to a spokeswoman with the district attorney’s office.

McKiver was previously convicted of felony possession with intent to sell a controlled substance as well as two misdemeanors, according to prison records.

Superior Court Judge Kenneth Crow sentenced McKiver to 6 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections and a suspended sentence of 14-26 months in prison. He was ordered to serve 24 months of supervised probation when he is released.