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One Northampton County man charged federally on a weapons count has retained his own attorney while another has pleaded not guilty and is set for trial on March 8, according to court records.

Rasean Bolden, who also goes by the name Donald Whitaker Jr,, will have his arraignment on April 6 in Wilmington.

His federal public defender notified the court Bolden, of Rich Square, retained private counsel in his case. He was named  in a two-count indictment which charges him with being a felon in possession of a weapon and ammunition and using the weapon in an August 14, 2019 crime.

Bolden, on August 14, 2019, had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, while he knowingly possessed ammunition, and the ammunition was used in and affecting commerce.

The second count against him relates to a September, 2017 crime in which he knowingly possessed a firearm which was used in affecting commerce.

Meanwhile, Deryck Devon Bennett last week entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in Wilmington to a count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Bennett, of Garysburg, had previously been convicted of a crime but around June 28 of 2019  was reportedly in possession and used a weapon in a crime.

His trial will be held in Wilmington at 10 a.m.

Indictments against the men were returned in August and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina said at the time each man faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.