Wilson man convicted on federal gun charge

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A Wilson man accused of breaking into a home and holding a child hostage has been convicted of a federal gun charge, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Jurors found 33-year-old Kelly Shadrome Anderson guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm following a two-day trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard in a Greenville federal courtroom.

Anderson was arrested after Wilson police say he broke into a home on the 700 block of Harper Street East on the evening of Sept. 24, 2016. Police said Anderson ran into the home behind one of the occupants and forced him or her to lock the door. An adult ran out the back door, but a child had entered the home before the front door had been locked.

Authorities say Anderson, who was armed with a handgun, locked the back door and remained inside with the child. The Wilson Police Department’s crisis negotiation team spoke with Anderson, who released the child a short time later and surrendered to police.

Police initially jailed Anderson on state charges of felony breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a Schedule I drug.

Anderson was prosecuted in federal court through Project Safe Neighborhoods, a partnership between local, state and federal authorities targeting violent crime. Federal convictions carry mandatory minimum sentences that often exceed the sentences imposed in North Carolina’s district and superior courts.

Sentencing for Anderson’s conviction will come at a later date.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted the Wilson Police Department in the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Kessler prosecuted Anderson.