HENDERSON — A Henderson man faces nearly 16 years in federal prison following his sentencing Wednesday on firearms charges, prosecutors say.
Jasmele Robinson, 37, has to serve 189 months on charges of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. That sentence also includes 24 months for violating terms of a federal parole.
Robinson was the target of a Vance County Sheriff’s Office drug investigation a year ago after deputies had an informant buy drugs at his home in Henderson.
He got into a car and ran when deputies tried to serve a search warrant. Deputies used their own vehicles to try blocking him, but he rammed their cars and drove away before eventually hitting a tree.
Federal prosecutors say he continued to struggle with deputies after the wreck, and tossed a bag under the wrecked car. Deputies found heroin, and a loaded firearm that had been stolen from someone in Granville County.
Robinson already had a prior federal conviction on his record for possession of a firearm by a felon, plus state felony convictions on charges of possessing Schedule II drugs with intent to sell, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and assault inflicting serious injury.
Schedule II drugs include cocaine and its variants.
Four deputies were injured while apprehending Robinson on Sept. 13, 2019, two to the point of needing hospitalization and surgery, federal prosecutors said.
Vance County Sheriff Curtis Brame said all four recovered and returned to work.
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