Craig Alan Blackwell, Jr. Sentenced for Shooting Incident in June 2023

Last Updated 2/7/2024In Police News, Latest City News

Statesville, NC - The Statesville Police Department is pleased to announce a significant development in the case involving Craig Alan Blackwell Jr., following a shooting incident on June 24, 2023.

On that day, officers responded to a distress call at Iredell Memorial Hospital concerning a victim who had sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach. It was later determined that the shooting occurred at 245 Garfield Street. The victim was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem with life-threatening injuries.

As the investigation progressed, it became evident that Craig Alan Blackwell Jr., a 30-year-old resident of Statesville, was allegedly involved in the shooting. Arrest warrants were issued for Blackwell Jr. on charges of Attempted Murder, Firearm by Felon, and Discharging a Firearm in the City Limits.

On July 3, 2023, the Iredell County Sheriff's Department responded to a call regarding a trespasser on Greenbriar Road, outside the city limits. The individual apprehended, who initially refused to disclose his identity, was later identified as Craig Alan Blackwell Jr. He was brought before a magistrate and served with the outstanding arrest warrants, in addition to being granted a $1,000,000 secured bond.

Today, February 7, 2024, Craig Alan Blackwell Jr. appeared before Iredell Superior Court to enter his plea. Blackwell Jr. pleaded guilty to the charges, including Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury (AWDWIKISI), two counts of Possession of Firearm by a Felon, and Assault by Strangulation.

Honorable Superior Court Judge Cutchin presided over the hearing and imposed a sentence of 127-165 months in prison.

The Statesville Police Department extends its gratitude to Assistant District Attorney Chris Cleveland and District Attorney Sarah Kirkman for their dedicated efforts and collaborations throughout this case. Their pursuit of justice and partnership in making Statesville a safer community are appreciated.


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