Gang Member Sentenced to Over 17 Years for Carjacking and Firearm Offenses
Criminal in handcuffs

Report Gang Member Sentenced to Over 17 Years for Carjacking and Firearm Offenses – Unque Tyshaun Temoney, a 29-year-old gang member and six-time Wilmington felon, was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for carjacking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on March 6, 2024. This sentence was handed down after Temoney pled guilty to the charges on November 29, 2023. The case was a significant one, involving a validated gang member and a repeat violent felon, highlighting the efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime in Eastern North Carolina.

The incident that led to Temoney’s conviction began on December 5, 2020, when officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to a call on 9th Street in Wilmington regarding an armed robbery and carjacking. Temoney, who was identified as the driver of the stolen vehicle, refused to stop and fled from law enforcement, eventually crashing the vehicle into a parked car and escaping on foot. After a brief pursuit, Temoney was apprehended.

Gang Member Sentenced to Over 17 Years for Carjacking and Firearm Offenses
Gang Member Sentenced to Over 17 Years for Carjacking and Firearm Offenses

The investigation revealed that Temoney had put on a ski mask, brandished a revolver, and took the victim’s car keys and wallet before stealing the vehicle and fleeing from the police. A .380 revolver, loaded with five rounds of ammunition, was found on the driver’s seat of the stolen vehicle, and laboratory testing confirmed that Temoney’s DNA was on the firearm.

Temoney had a history of six felony offenses, including possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, breaking and entering, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver a counterfeit controlled substance. At the time of the carjacking, Temoney was also out on bond for numerous state charges.

Temoney was previously validated as a member of the Gangster Disciple Street Gang by both the Wilmington Police Department and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Coastal Carolina Safe Street’s Gang Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Wilmington Police Department, and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney William Van Trigt and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case, with Van Trigt representing the government.

The conviction is a result of the ongoing Violent Crime Action Plan (VCAP) initiative, a collaborative effort with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, working with the community to identify and address the most significant drivers of violent crime. VCAP involves focused and strategic enforcement, interagency coordination, and intelligence-led policing.

The sentencing was announced by U.S. Attorney Michael Easley, who emphasized the importance of not normalizing armed robbery, carjacking, and dangerous high-speed flight in Eastern North Carolina. He also highlighted the role of the Violent Crime Action Plan (VCAP) in bringing cases like this to federal court, with the support of New Hanover County funding a special prosecutor to work with the office.

Chief Donny Williams of the Wilmington Police Department reiterated the city’s commitment to keeping violent offenders off the streets, emphasizing the dangers posed by firearms in the hands of convicted felons. The case underscores the dedication of law enforcement and the community to address and prevent violent crime, with the goal of ensuring public safety and justice.

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