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Hiding gun in son's car seat sends Fayetteville man to prison

Posted December 19, 2013

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— A Fayetteville man who hid a handgun under his son's leg in a car seat has been sentenced to almost nine years in federal prison, authorities said Thursday.

Vincent Jarod Williams, 30, of 1600 Ireland Drive, was found guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 105 months in prison.

Fayetteville police stopped Williams on Dec. 9, 2010, after he drove through a red light. Officers saw drugs inside the car and pulled Williams out so they could search the vehicle, authorities said.

Williams' 5-year-old son was strapped in a car seat in the back of the car, so officers unbuckled him to take him out during the search. The boy, who had been crying, told officers, "My daddy only gave me this gun," and officers found a .22-caliber handgun under his leg, authorities said.

The gun had a round in the chamber, and its safety latch was off, authorities said. Eight more rounds were in the gun's magazine, and officers found another 54 rounds while searching the car.

Williams had previously been convicted of robbery, assault, possession of stolen goods and drug charges, according to state Department of Public Safety records. He was wearing a holster at the time of his 2010 arrest and told officers that he didn't own a gun because he was a felon, authorities said.

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  • IPayYouPay Dec 20, 2013

    When are people going to STOP being stupid? It's a simple question that deserves a simple decent answer.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Dec 20, 2013

    His son got a nine year sentence, too. Of course, I am just giving you my perspective from 34 years of criminal law practice including prosecution in federal court. If the law ties the judge's hands, then the law needs to be changed. Something's not right here.

    philipw

    With all due respect, I couldn't care less how much "experience" you have. He was a convicted felon, shouldn't have had a gun. He had a son, shouldn't have put a loaded gun under his leg. Because kids dying like that "happens all the time" doesn't make it right. It seems the son probably got out of a sentence by having a hair brained dad removed from his life. I guess you think having that fatherly inflience would be better than none? Also, wouldn't your law experience lead you to believe he was likely guilty of the drug possession that triggered the search, and the child abuse by hiding the gun under the kid's like? Some kind of endangerment charge too? Were you there or did you just go by the article?

  • 678devilish Dec 20, 2013

    30 years would teach him a nice lesson in prison

  • 678devilish Dec 20, 2013

    Good job officers! I am glad this man was caught asap with the officers sharp eye. The man put his child in danger and the clip was off the gun.

  • nuts4u Dec 20, 2013

    Reading some of these comments just goes to show you why this state and country is in the shape it is in. People think 9 years is to much. If this guy was not caught I feel pretty good in saying that his gun would have been used for in a far more dangerous way. Guns are to be in the hands of the law abidding not the law breaking.

  • philipw Dec 19, 2013

    Nauti-Dog, 9 years for just possession of firearm by felon is really over the top. If he had left the gun out, and the kid shot himself, he would probably not gotten over 30 months. Happens all the time. There must be something else in this story: "drugs" seen but not prosecuted isn't the answer. Sounds way too high compared to what others get. His son got a nine year sentence, too. Of course, I am just giving you my perspective from 34 years of criminal law practice including prosecution in federal court. If the law ties the judge's hands, then the law needs to be changed. Something's not right here.

  • Mr. Hans Dec 19, 2013

    "Officers saw drugs inside the car"

    Sure they did. Suuuuure they did.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Dec 19, 2013

    Whatever happened to the 2nd amendment? This seems like a harsh sentence to me. A slap on the wrist maybe, but 9 years?

    downtowner
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    He gave up his 2nd Amendment when he became a convicted felon. That's what happened to it. Next question.....

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Dec 19, 2013

    @philipw, you're kidding right? The "US Attorney's Office" took nothing from him. He gave it up. And yes, had he not been a felon his punishment would have been much lighter. But he was a felon, who gave a loaded gun to a 5 year old, his own son nonetheless. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a felony. He would have been in deep even if not carrying his sone around with a gun under his leg. Again, he took the gun with him when he got in the car. Law enforcement isn't to blame, Cuz is

  • Jump1 Dec 19, 2013

    He was wearing a holster at the time of his 2010 arrest and told officers that he didn't own a gun because he was a felon, authorities said. The mind is a terrible think to was. Should have stopped thinking..What is nice is that is fed time, day for day!!!!! Great job by good lawyers..NC Justice should take notes..

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