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Local gang member, felon sentenced for stolen firearm

Brandon Elazor Jackson

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man pled guilty to firearm charges Monday and was sentenced to 45 months in prison.

Brandon Elazor Jackson, 31, was sentenced in New Hanover County Superior Court by Judge Frank Jones for possession of firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

On Feb. 15, Wilmington Police Department officers approached Jackson around 1:30 p.m. to serve him with a parole warrant in the 400 block of S. 10th St. Jackson fled on foot but was apprehended quickly.

As officers were arresting Jackson, a silver Corba .380-caliber handgun fell out of his pocket. An investigation into the firearm indicated it had been stolen in the county last November.

With a lengthy criminal history or prior firearm convictions and robbery, Jackson is a validated member of the 9 Trey faction of the United Blood Nation street gang.

“This case exemplifies the type of conduct that I and other local leaders spoke about
preventing in our NC SAFE press conference last month at New Hanover High School,” District Attorney Ben David said in a press release. “When lawful gun owners fail to secure their firearms, these weapons are often stolen and end up in the hands of dangerous prohibited possessors, like we saw in this case.”

NC S.A.F.E. is a statewide initiative designed to raise awareness on the importance of safe gun storage. Established in 2023 by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the program provides resources on best practices for firearm storage and safety.

David hosted a press conference on the program last month at New Hanover High School.

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