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Craig Allen Blackwell, Jr.
Courtesy of Statesville Police Department

Suspect Pleads Guilty In Shooting Case, Sentenced To Minimum Of More Than Ten Years

A man has been sentenced in connection to a shooting case. On Wednesday (February 7), 30-year-old Craig Alan Blackwell, Jr. of Statesville appeared in Iredell Superior Court to enter a plea in a case that dates back to June, 2023.

Blackwell pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, and assault by strangulation. He was sentenced to 127-165 months in prison, or ten years, seven months to 13 years, nine months.

On June 24, 2023, 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 an address on Garfield Street. The victim was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem with life-threatening injuries.

As the investigation progressed, Blackwell was identified as a suspect. Warrants were obtained for his arrest. On July 3, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call regarding a trespasser on Greenbriar Road, outside the Statesville city limits. The individual was apprehended and he who initially refused to disclose his identity. He was later identified as Blackwell.

As of earlier today (February 8), Blackwell remained in the Iredell County Detention Center.