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Raleigh man gets four decades in federal prison

Posted March 10, 2011

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— A Raleigh man has been sentenced to more than 40 years in prison on federal weapons and drug charges, U.S. Attorney George B. Holding announced Thursday.

After a two-day trial in November, a jury found Christopher Stephone Cobb, 26, guilty of two counts of possession with intent to distribute a cocaine base and one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon.

After a 500-month imprisonment, Cobb faces five years of parole.

The charges stem from three encounters between Cobb and Raleigh police in October 2009 and January 2010.

A police officer testified that he recognized Cobb as an individual involved in a drug sale on Oct. 29, 2009. He said that when approached by officers, Cobb dropped his coat and tried to run but was arrested. Police said they found a pistol, ammunition and 4.4. grams of cocaine in his coat.

Prosecutors said that at the time, Cobb was also wanted on five warrants for failure to appear in court, including two involving assault on an officer.

Police said that Cobb was again arrested on Jan. 14, 2010, after an officer saw him involved in a drug sale. He was released from jail and, the next day, ran from officers who stopped his car. A K-9 unit eventually found him hiding in a dumpster, police said.

Officers said they seized crack cocaine and ammunition from his car.

State Department of Correction records show that Cobb has 15 convictions dating from 2000, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and three each for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

He served one 2½-year prison sentence and got 10 infractions during that time, including assaulting a person with a weapon and involvement with a gang.

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  • caleek02 Mar 15, 2011

    Smh!!! This is Cobbs wife... I wasnt going to say anything but Im going to say this... Please no ALL of what your speaking of before you decide to speak on a situation you only know HALF about... Here is the positive side: strong black man that can survive through anything... A loving father, son, brother, and friend... A person that can make a person smile in any given situation... And lastly he never put anyone down to get ahead... Never judge a book by the cover... Read the story first...

  • MSCOURTNEY Mar 14, 2011

    Now I do understand how some of you feel but I know this MAN personally and yes he may have done some wrong things but I just don't believe he deserves to be in prison for 40 years. This is just insane. I mean seriously you can kill someone and get less time than this...do me favor and go through some of the court cases (MURDER & 2ND degree MURDER) in WAKE COUNTY and you will see that most of them didn't get any where nearly the amount of time they gave to MR.COBB (dr.cook 3-5 years for second degree murder and he was drunk as heck, Bravette Chrisp 20 years for 2nd degree murder and armed robbery) Tell me how does this make any sense..I also understand that an example had to be made but I don't agree with such a harsh sentence...

  • brooklyn12387 Mar 14, 2011

    fii am a very close friend of the cobb family and i can say that this judical system have done them wrong in my eyes! these are charges that Mr. cobb have been charged with not convicted, and he was targeted because of his skin color and his so-called gang relation. Now i do agree that he was no angle! and that he did deserve some time; but not 41 years! this is a young man that went through many trials and tribulations, and i would definatly call him a surviver! his whole family is! he would be less then a man if he didnt just do his time with no tears. he has a family and a wife. the raleigh police department didn't think about, everytime they pulled him for Nothing! im very upset and the RALEIGH POLICE system needs to be exposed! they give these young black guys charges that they could never run from. there is no second chances. what job you think mr. cobb was going to get with his charges? so what choice did he have. we need to first educate ourselves on the importance of responsib

  • WRALSUCKS Mar 10, 2011

    " Cobb has 15 convictions dating from 2000, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon and three each for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

    He served one 2½-year prison sentence and got 10 infractions during that time, including assaulting a person with a weapon and involvement with a gang."

    And why is it there's hearts bleeding for this would be Rhodes scholar?

    Does anyone not think this person didn't earn a lifetime of free rent? If so, let's let him move in with you....

  • aerolove2k Mar 10, 2011

    @silverflash. Alcohol makes too much money to allow competition.

  • WRALSUCKS Mar 10, 2011

    One less punk on the street. That's a good thing.

  • hellorhighwaters Mar 10, 2011

    Yes, clearly changes should be made in our justice system. But for now this is all we got.

    Sometimes you can let a person off easy, hoping they will learn some type of lesson. And then sometimes you just let them hang themselves with enough rope.
    Eventually, he will do enough dirt until he gets so much time that he will be off of the streets for a very, very long time.
    Some people just have to learn the hard way in order to become a better person.

  • silverflash Mar 10, 2011

    if drugs were legalized, I really doubt this sort of thing would happen nearly as much as it does.

    I say legalize them. Afterall, alcohol is 100% legal to those 21 and older. What's the difference? Think about it.

    And this is coming from someone who has never taken an illegal drug.

    Legalize prostitution as well. What people do with their bodies is between them and their maker, not a judge here on earth..

  • james27613 Mar 10, 2011

    I just answered the question in my previous post...

    'Criminal Justice' system, that is why he was walking the streets
    with five warrants out on him.

  • james27613 Mar 10, 2011

    Why did they allow this guy to walk the streets after the
    first failure to appear?

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    Prosecutors said that at the time, Cobb was also wanted on five warrants for failure to appear in court, including two involving assault on an officer.

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