A Fayetteville man found in possession of a gun while on probation for a sex offense was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in federal prison, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Greenville.
Javion Denton Scott, 27, pleaded guilty in March to possession of a firearm by a felon, the release said.
The charge was filed after local and federal authorities went to Scott's home on the 3300 block of Galleria Drive in March 2017 to conduct a warrantless search, court documents said.
Scott was convicted in 2010 of breaking and entering, common law robbery and second-degree sex offense, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He is required to register as a sex offender for life and, after spending more than six years in prison, was subject to post-release supervision conditions to include warrantless searches, the release said.
Lawmen and probation officers went to Scott's third-floor apartment at 7:20 a.m. and knocked on the door, identifying themselves. A man, identified as Scott, who was inside asked repeatedly "Who is it?" The probation officer identified themselves again, but Scott didn't answer the door, federal court documents said.
About five minutes later, Scott opened the door and lawmen entered the apartment he shared with his girlfriend, the documents said. Investigators discovered that Scott's girlfriend threw two semi-automatic pistols, ammunition, loaded and unloaded magazines and marijuana over the balcony.
The guns were kept in Scott's bedroom, the release said. One of the guns had been reported stolen in Sampson County in 2013. When lawmen searched Scott's vehicle, they found a third pistol and more than an ounce of marijuana.
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