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Man out on bond for murder charge is arrested again

$1 million bond

John Calvin Sifford

SALISBURY — A man who was out of jail on bond for a second-degree murder charge has been arrested on new charges, including possession of a firearm by a felon.

John Calvin Sifford, 30, of 3919 Longwood Drive SW, Concord, was arrested Wednesday by the Salisbury Police Department, with the assistance of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Sifford was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Officers received information that Sifford was again involved in drug trafficking and weapon offenses, according to the Police Department.

Officers stopped a vehicle in which Sifford was a passenger and found him in possession of a firearm. Sifford was arrested and given a $1 million bond.

At the time of his arrest, Sifford was out of jail on a $500,000 bond for a second-degree murder charges and multiple drug and weapons charges.

Sifford was indicted by a grand jury for the 2014 murder of Antonio Chambers.

Police responded to a call about shots fired at Colonial Village apartment complex and found Chambers, 25, dead inside a bedroom.

A woman and two children were also in the apartment at the time. They were not hurt. 

In August, Salisbury police fired at Sifford’s car after he sped away from an attempted vehicle stop. Officers fired at his tires, and when the vehicle came to a stop, he led them on a foot chase.

At age 19, Sifford was charged for involvement in the 2007 shooting of Treasure Feamster, who was shot in the crossfire of gang activity while attending a party for teenagers at J.C. Price American Legion Post.

In 2013, he was convicted of inciting a riot related to that incident.

In 2010, Sifford was charged with shooting Andre Bognuda, then 18, while he was walking with a friend along Bringle Ferry Road. Bognuda was shot in the chest but survived.

Sifford has numerous previous criminal convictions including ones for felony drug possession and another charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

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