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Convicted felon going back to prison for having a gun

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A Rowan County man who was already a convicted felon, will spend at least fifteen months in prison after being convicted of having a gun.

According to Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook, Willard Jackson Bellamy of Salisbury was convicted this week by a jury in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony possession of a firearm by convicted felon.  

Judge Casey Viser sentenced Bellamy to a minimum of 15 months to a maximum of 27 months in prison and he was placed on supervised probation for 24 months and ordered to serve a split sentence of 6 months in prison, along with additional conditions of supervised probation. 

On February 6, 2015, deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Stokes Ferry Road concerning an armed person who had fired a gun.  

Dispatchers reported hearing a shot fired while on the phone with the 911 caller.  The 911 caller, Bellamy’s sister, reported that Bellamy fired the gun but the firearm belonged to her and she had given to him a week or two ago.  

Bellamy’s sister told deputies that Bellamy was impaired and could hardly walk.  He then picked up the gun and said “I can’t do this anymore” and went outside.  She called 911 and heard two gun shots.  Another witness told deputies that Bellamy said he was going to kill himself.  Deputies located Bellamy and the firearm and he was arrested.  Bellamy admitted to taking the firearm and shooting it. 

Bellamy was previously convicted of six driving while impaired convictions, felony trafficking in opium/heroin, among other convictions. 

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