HABITUAL FELON RETURNED TO PRISON

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NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, TRAVIS BRYANT, 38, of Vanceboro, was convicted upon his guilty plea to firearm and theft charges, and was sentenced to a prison term of approximately 12 to 15 years. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Matt Wareham.

The State’s evidence showed that the cases began when Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office investigators contacted the Craven County Sheriff’s Office on a report that Bryant had pointed a gun at, and communicated threats to, a victim in Lenoir County. Bryant was taken into custody in Craven County, and Craven County Sheriff’s Office investigators initiated an investigation as to possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Based upon their investigation, they executed a search warrant at Bryant’s residence. While on the premises, the investigators saw in plain view a trailer, a Cub Cadet lawn mower, a go-kart, and various lawn equipment. The serial numbers on those items identified them as having been stolen from locations in Lenoir County. Furthermore, under the porch of the residence, investigators found a Mossberg shotgun, and a Savage Arms rifle, each of which had been reported stolen from Lenoir County. Matching ammunition for the firearms was also found.


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Bryant has a lengthy criminal record, including multiple felony convictions, and as a result, is prohibited by law from ever possessing a firearm of any kind. He also obtained the status of Habitual Felon some time ago.

Bryant pled guilty to two counts of Possession of Firearm by Felon, two counts of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and two counts of Possession of Stolen Goods. He also admitted his habitual felon status, which increased the punishment for all offenses. Judge Nobles sentenced Bryant to a prison term of 146 to 188 months (approximately 12 to 15 years), which was the highest sentence he could impose. ADA Wareham noted for the
Court that Bryant had previously been convicted as an habitual felon, yet even after serving more than 6 years in prison, continued to commit crimes, often involving guns.

NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.

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