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Charlotte man with more than 20 prior convictions is sentenced to two decades in prison

A Charlotte man convicted of more than 20 past crimes was sentenced to two decades in prison for firearms violations, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Shirley Ingram Jr., 56, was convicted in January 2011 in Charlotte of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, federal prosecutors said. At a sentencing hearing Monday, he was deemed an armed career criminal and received an enhanced sentence of 20 years in prison.

Ingram’s charge stems from an incident in August 2009, when officers responded to a 911 call involving domestic violence. Prosecutors said court records show that when law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a suspect with a Glock .40 caliber pistol in a cooler in the trunk of a 2003 BMW. Authorities also found marijuana residue and a digital scale, according to court records.

Ingram’s prior felony convictions prohibited him from carrying a firearm, prosecutors said.

Ingram had been previously convicted of more than 20 crimes, including second degree kidnapping; breaking, entering and larceny; assault on a female; and possession of controlled substances.

Ingram was also deemed an armed career criminal in 1993, prosecutors said, and was sentenced to 19 years in prison. In that case, a Charlotte police officer had observed Ingram walking down the street with a shotgun, which later turned out to be stolen, prosecutors said.

“Ingram’s 20-year prison sentence was warranted given the facts of this case and his extensive criminal history,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said.

Ingram has been in federal custody since his arrest in April 2010.

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