Felon Sentenced To 88 Months

NEW BERN – A man arrested in Johnston County has been sentenced to 88 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Antoine Joseph Harris, 29, of Raleigh had two firearms in his possession on January 23, 2019. Both firearms were loaded. Harris had multiple prior felony convictions.

At the time of the offense, Harris was on supervised release for a 2014 federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a stolen firearm, and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of crack cocaine. Harris received a 72 months sentence on the new charge today and a 16 months consecutive sentence in prison for the revocation of the supervised release.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing on December 4th by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucy Brown prosecuted the case.