Thursday, June 20, 2024

Wilmington man sentenced to six years for illegal gun possession

WILMINGTON —  A Wilmington man was sentenced to 72 months in prison today for felon in possession of a firearm, a crime he pled guilty to in June. 

Quemar Wooten, 35, was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department in February 2021 after the police received several complaints regarding narcotics sales and people with guns on the porch of a Meares Street residence. After several days of surveillance, the police made contact with Wooten and two other individuals on Feb. 27, 2021. Officer located a stolen firearm in Wooten’s waistband during their investigation. 

The police also found a firearm in the sweatshirt of Michael Hines, who is now awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to firearm charges in August.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the centerpiece of the U.S. Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to reduce violent crime, through bringing different stakeholders together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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