Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm After Highway Shootout with Greensboro Police

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – JULIUS MONCRE WILLIAMS was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Greensboro for knowingly possessing a firearm following a shootout with Greensboro Police Department (GPD) officers announced Acting United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston of the Middle District of North Carolina. 

WILLIAMS, age 38, was sentenced to a 118-month term of imprisonment by United States District Judge Catherine C. Eagles.  In addition to his sentence, WILLIAMS was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and submit to 3 years of supervised release following his imprisonment.  WILLIAMS pleaded guilty on May 4, 2021, to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Court records show that the GPD’s Traffic Safety Unit initially encountered WILLIAMS after an officer conducting a speed enforcement operation on Interstate 85 noticed WILLIAMS traveling 85 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. After refusing to pull over for GPD officers, additional officers were called for assistance. WILLIAMS then accelerated to a speed of 100 miles per hour before crashing into a tractor trailer in the middle-lane of the highway. After his vehicle veered off the highway into an embankment, WILLIAMS shot at a GPD officer approaching to investigate who returned fire in response. A Glock 9mm semi-automatic was located in his vehicle and was later identified by GPD as stolen out of Charlotte, NC.

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WILLIAMS was convicted in 2011 in Lenoir County Superior Court for kidnapping and served a prison term of more than one year, rendering him ineligible to possess a firearm.


The case was investigated by the Guilford Police Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lindsey A. Freeman, Assistant United States Attorney Stephen T. Inman, and Assistant United States Attorney Nicole R. Dupre.

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