Drunken gun assault leads to prison time

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Two men from New Bern were convicted and sentenced in Craven County Superior Court this week. Each was convicted of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.

According to court documents and information presented in open court, on September 29, 2012, Marcus Maxwell, 29, and David Ligon, 33, were both at a party at what witnesses called a shot-house. They believed that the victim, James Harvey, was the same man who had gotten into an argument earlier in the evening with a friend of theirs.

Police say Maxwell and Ligon, who were both intoxicated, shot Harvey.  Harvey was taken to the hospital right away. Although Harvey required substantial medical treatment, he did not appear to suffer lasting effects from his injuries.

Both Maxwell and Ligon were sentenced to 50 to 72 months in prison.

Each was already a convicted felon. Ligon has prior convictions for trafficking and possession of cocaine, and Maxwell for breaking and entering motor vehicles and drug possession.

District Attorney Scott Thomas commented, "This was a senseless attack by two convicted felons, in possession of a gun, and under the influence of alcohol. Thankfully, Mr. Harvey survived, or the charges would have been very different. The New Bern Police Department did an excellent job in sorting out what happened, and in bringing these two defendants to justice."

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