Man who made retaliatory threats after New Bern toddler murdered heading to prison for 17 years

Man who made retaliatory threats after New Bern toddler murdered heading to prison for 17 years

Isaiah Gibbs was sentenced today in Wilmington federal court for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – A man who authorities say made retaliatory threats after a toddler was killed in New Bern last year will spend the next 17 years in federal prison.

Isaiah Gibbs was sentenced today in Wilmington federal court for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Nia’Loni Sheptock was shot while her father was driving down a New Bern street last July 4th.

Nia'loni Sheptock

Nia’loni Sheptock

The feds say Gibbs was at the shooting scene, and authorities learned that the man intended to retaliate for what happened.

Records show the girl’s father, Nathan Sheptock, was arrested with Gibbs and his brother back in 2017 for a series of robbing pizza delivery drivers in New Bern.

Because of his history of violence and the credible threat, a federal complaint was filed and the 25-year-old Gibbs was taken into federal custody by ATF agents three days later.

A news release said Gibbs was found with guns five different times between September 2021 and March 2023.

With previous convictions, the man was considered an armed career criminal, making him eligible for increased sentences, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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