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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of North Carolina

For Immediate Release

January 19, 2012

Anne M. Tompkins, United States Attorney

Contact: Lia Bantavani

Man Sentenced to Serve Over Seven Years in Prison for Firearms Offense

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Mint Hill man was sentenced to 94 months in federal prison for a firearms related offense, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today's announcement by Melvin D. King, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Rodney D. Monroe, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

In April 2011, Delton Jeffrey Hunt, 47, of Mint Hill, N.C., was indicted on a single count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. ordered Hunt yesterday to serve 94 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

According to filed documents and statements made in court, on July 2, 2010, CMPD officers received a complaint about a male who was walking down Parkton Road in Charlotte carrying a firearm. A CMPD officer responded to the complaint and arrested Hunt on the scene. At Hunt’s July 2011 plea hearing, Hunt admitted to carrying a loaded .38 calibre Colt Cobra pistol. At that hearing, Hunt also admitted telling the arresting officer at the time that he should have pulled out a gun and killed the officer when he had a chance. Hunt's prior felony convictions, which include assaults on women and law enforcement officers, prohibit him from carrying a weapon.

In sentencing Hunt, Judge Conrad noted that Hunt, Truly represents a danger to the community, to women and law enforcement officers. Judge Conrad also noted that, The need to protect the public is paramount.

Hunt has been in local federal custody in the Western District of North Carolina since his arrest. Upon designation of a federal facility, he will be transferred into custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation of the case was handled by ATF and CMPD. The prosecution for the government was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Claire Phillips, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.