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Felon charged with attempted murder in firearm attack

Posted September 15, 2013
Updated September 16, 2013

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— A convicted felon from Greene County was arrested Friday in Raleigh on a charge of attempted murder.

James Michael Smith, 33, of 402 Chelsea Drive, Snow Hill, was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon after he allegedly used a firearm to attack a man last week, according to arrest warrants.

The warrants do not offer a motive or say how Smith knew the victim.

The firearm charge, according to the warrants, was issued because Smith was convicted in 2006 on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Smith was jailed under a $550,000 bond Sunday evening and was expected to make his first court appearance Monday morning.

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  • gnewsome1 Sep 17, 2013

    "assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon" Herein lies the problem. He ain't exactly a Sunday School teacher.

  • Makami Sep 17, 2013

    what did the women in the picture have to do with it??????????????????

  • Statisticsdontlie Sep 17, 2013

    Just look at the soulless eyes...you see it everyday.

  • retiredfolk1 Sep 16, 2013

    There should not be these repeat violent offenders walking around among us. A initial violent crime such as armed robbery or aggravated assault should be punishable by a minimum of ten years. The next violent crime is an automatic life sentence without parole. One does the crime then the person does the time.

  • Glock Ranger Sep 16, 2013

    I'm sure that some crimes have been prevented, at least temporarily, by our present gun control laws. Background checks do deter the unlawful from obtaining guns from licensed dealers who abide by the laws. And, it's true that some lawful gun owners commit crimes. But, wait! Then they become unlawful gun owners.

    The fact is that we have always had thieves, murderers and rapists and we will have them until Christ comes back. Guns are used by lawful carriers way far more often to deter, or to stop violent crime than they are used in violent crime.

    Nailman's arguments are true. Gun control is not about guns, it's about controlling law abiding citizens. Now, I wonder who would be most interested in doing such as that?

  • Roland K. Sep 16, 2013

    nail: would you rather have no gun control? How do you know that gun control laws haven't prevented crime? or, how many crimes were committed by lawful gun owners?

  • nailman5204 Sep 16, 2013

    Positive proof that Gun Control does not work. Gun control is a waste of Taxpayer money and only results in higher cost for firearms and ammunition.

  • TimeWillTell Sep 16, 2013

    If this guy is tried and convicted on federal weapons charges, he can go to prison for 10 years, no parole. State charges, he'll be out in a few months, assuming he goes to jail at all.

    We don't need more gun laws. We need to enforce the laws we already have.