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A Weldon man already serving time in state prison for manslaughter received 46 months in federal prison Tuesday for a case in 2017 in which he and another man fled from Roanoke Rapids officers.


James Antwon Coleman III was sentenced in Raleigh by District Judge James C. Dever III.

Notations in the federal court record show the sentence imposed by Dever is to be served consecutively to any state court sentence. 

In 2018 he was sentenced to six years and one month for manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of Rynell Tyreek Gaines, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Dever also said Coleman is to serve three years of supervised release following completion of his sentence. He is to pay a $100 special assessment and take advantage of any vocational and educational opportunities offered within the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Dever ordered him to be placed at the federal prison in Butner and put him into the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

State Department of Public Safety records confirm Coleman was moved to another facility Tuesday.

The federal count he pleaded guilty to reflects that on December 17, 2017, he received a firearm and ammunition while under indictment in the Gaines’ shooting death.

Count 2 against him was dismissed — a count which said he was in possession of a weapon in which the serial number had been removed, altered and obliterated.

At the time of the 2017 crime, Roanoke Rapids police reported his arrest occurred after he and another man bolted from officers J. DeSare and M. Hunsucker.

Both of the officers were honored by the police department for their actions following the stop which Lieutenant Jeff Baggett described in a report presented to council had put DeSare in a violent fight for life.

The 2015 shooting death investigation of Gaines stemmed from a motor vehicle collision call at Fourth and Madison streets.

When Hunsucker arrived he found the victim in the vehicle unresponsive. Officers discovered Gaines had a gunshot wound and was deceased.