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Date: 12-06-2022

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United States of America v. Caleb Kenyetta Sheffield

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00029

Judge: William L. Osteen, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (Guilford County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

Defendant's Attorney:

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Description: Greensboro, North Carolina criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with illegal possession of a machine gun.

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On July 3, 2021, when a North Carolina State Highway Patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on a Hyundai traveling 91-mph in a 65-mph zone on US Hwy 64 near Pittsboro. In response to the lights and sirens, the Hyundai stopped in the left lane of traffic and did not pull off the roadway. The Trooper got out of his marked car and started to walk to the driver’s side when the Hyundai suddenly pulled off. The Trooper got back into his car and pursued the Hyundai, which led police on a chase reaching speeds of over 130 mph. The chase ended when the Hyundai spun out and all four men in the vehicle jumped and ran. Multiple agencies were involved in the manhunt and Caleb Kenyetta Sheffield, age 20, was arrested the following day.

In the abandoned car, law enforcement found four firearms including one machine gun, over 120 rounds of ammunition, black ski masks, and a ballistic vest. SHEFFIELD posted a rap video to YouTube 13 days before the incident in which he rapped about putting a switch on a Glock. SHEFFIELD was associated with the Ace’s Top Killers (“ATK”) gang from Jacksonville, Florida. ATK is named after rapper Yungeen Ace. ATK. ATK was in a public feud with the Kill Them All (“KTA”) gang also from Jacksonville, Florida. Another rapper, Julio Foolio, was associated with the KTA gang. Both Julio Foolio and Yungeen Ace were set to perform in North Carolina over the Fourth of July weekend.

Another occupant of the car, Adrian Lowery, pled guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced November 16, 2022, to a term of 71 months in prison.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Chatham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Special Operations and Intelligence Unit, Fayetteville Police Department, and Cary Police Department. The criminal case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicole DuPré and Ashley Waid.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

18:922(o) and 924(a)(2); Possession of Machinegun

Outcome: Sentencing Hearing held on 11/22/2022 as to CALEB KENYETTA SHEFFIELD on Count 1s. AUSA Nicole Dupre and AUSA Ashley Waid present on behalf of the Government. Attorney Kellie Mannette appeared on behalf of the Defendant. Defendant present in custody. Judgment forthcoming. (Court Reporter Joseph Armstrong.) (Daniel, J) (Entered: 12/06/2022)

Defendant was sentenced to 48 months' in prison.

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