For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Sentenced to Almost Seventeen Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms
The Defendant Stole and then Sold the Firearms while on Supervised Release for Previous Federal Gun Conviction
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte gang member of the United Blood Nation, also known as "UBN" or "the Bloods," was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing and selling stolen firearms, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad ordered Dominic Xavier McDonald a/k/a "Bombay," 28, to serve 188 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. McDonald committed this offense while on supervised release for a previous federal gun conviction. McDonald received fifteen months imprisonment to run consecutively for his supervised release violations for a total of 203 months imprisonment.
U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by C.J. Hyman, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).
"Convicted felons who possess firearms pose a great threat to the community," said U.S. Attorney Rose. "McDonald stole and sold firearms while he was still under court supervision for previous gun crimes. With today’s outcome, we’ve put an end McDonald’s continued disregard for the law and removed this brazen criminal from the community."
"ATF is committed to keeping our communities safe by reducing firearms and violent crimes. This case is another example of how ATF actively investigates and apprehends individuals who acquire firearms through burglaries and subsequently sell them to criminals in the Charlotte Metro area. Today’s result could not have occurred without the outstanding partnership between ATF and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department," stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Hyman.
In December 2014, a criminal indictment charged McDonald with four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to filed documents and statements made
in court, between October 15, 2014 and October 28, 2014, McDonald illegally obtained six firearms, which he then sold to other individuals. According to court records, the firearms included two pistols, two rifles, and two revolvers, one of which McDonald bragged about taking from the home of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer. The two rifles McDonald sold were among several stolen from a residence McDonald and his conspirators burglarized during the relevant time period. McDonald pleaded guilty to the charges in March 2015.
McDonald has been in custody since January 2015. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon the designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
The investigation was handled by the ATF and CMPD. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Dillon of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.