NEW BERN, N.C. (WECT) – A Wilmington man, who threw marijuana at a police officer as he was being arrested, now faces a minimum of five years in prison after being found guilty of drug and firearm charges Wednesday morning.
Kristopher Owen Daniels, 31, was found guilty of the following charges by a federal jury in New Bern:
- possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) and marijuana
- knowingly using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime
- possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
- two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
He faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of life imprisonment at sentencing.
Daniels was arrested on May 31, 2011, after police responded to a call asking for assistance at a Wilmington residence. When police responded, Daniels ran toward the backyard of the house and threw a bag containing more than 20 grams of crack and a firearm as officers chased him.
A fence in the backyard prevented him from fleeing, and Daniels turned and threw marijuana at one of the pursuing officers, according to officials.
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