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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man enter a plea of guilty Monday for the illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

On July 13, 2016, at approximately 2:30 am, Raheem McAllister was the passenger in a car that was searched by officers with the Wilmington Police Department in the area of South 8th and Queen Streets. Officers seized a Smith and Wesson .38 Special CTG handgun from the floorboard of the passenger side of the car where McAllister had been sitting. The serial number on handgun had been defaced and was not legible. Because the serial number had been removed, law enforcement officers are unable to determine if the handgun had been stolen.

McAllister had previously been convicted of felony breaking and entering in March of 2011 in Columbus County. Based on his criminal history, McAllister received a sentence of 1-2 years in prison.

Connie Jordan, the prosecutor assigned to the case, said, “This conviction exposes Mr. McAllister to habitual felon status if he is charged with another felony after his release from prison.”

The firearm will be destroyed by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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