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Wilmington man guilty of federal drug and gun charges

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man has been convicted of drug and gun charges after a 2011 shooting death in the Port City.

A federal jury convicted Willis Sarvis, 34, of distrbution of PCP and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Previously, Sarvis pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors say on March 18, 2011, Wilmington Police responded to the Hillcrest Housing Community for a man that was shot, and ultimately died from his injuries. The investigation revealed that during the course of a drug deal, the victim, Roshad Donta Jenkins, 22, had been shot twice with a Romarm/Cugir, WASR, 7.62 x 39 mm assault rifle. Investigators found numerous shell casings from the rifle in the area. The investigation revealed two homes were also hit with bullets.

The investigation quickly focused on Sarvis, who prosecutors say had left the rifle with a friend, who gave the rifle to investigators. Police found Sarvis and took him into custody, where he confessed to selling Jenkins two small bags of PCP and shooting him when they started to fight. Sarvis claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

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