Wadesboro, N.C. Man Is Sentenced To More Than Eight Years For Federal Fireams Offense

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer announced today that Dallas Devon Leak, 28, of Wadesboro, N.C. was sentenced to 100 months in prison and two years of supervised release for a federal firearms offense.

Vincent C. Pallozzi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Thedis Spencer of the Wadesboro Police Department (Wadesboro PD) join Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on April 8, 2020, at approximately 10:17 p.m., the Wadesboro Police Department received a 911 call regarding a burglary and shooting at a residence in Anson County. The officers who responded to the scene found a male victim inside the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to his leg. Officers located Leak during a subsequent search of a wooded area behind the victim’s home. When the officers found Leak, he was lying face down on top of a firearm, which was loaded with a large capacity magazine and one round in the chamber. Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement determined that Leak’s firearm had previously been reported stolen.

On January 13, 2021, Leak pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. In making today’s announcement, Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer thanked the ATF and the Wadesboro Police Department for their investigation of the case.

Assistant United States Attorney Regina Pack, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case. This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work 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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