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Three Armed Career Criminals Plead Guilty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2013

 
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that three Georgia residents entered pleas of guilty in three separate Indictments before the Honorable Clay D. Land, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia, in Columbus, Georgia, under the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984.  The Act provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen (15) years up to a maximum of life imprisonment for felons who possess a firearm after having been previously convicted of three or more prior violent felonies or serious drug crimes.  Sentencing is scheduled for all three defendants on August 15, 2013.

Jason Scott Carney of Columbus, Georgia, age 46, entered a guilty plea to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 922(g)(1) and 924(e)(1).  The remaining counts were dismissed in consideration of this plea.  Mr. Carney has sixteen (16) previous arrests and five (5) prior felony convictions.

Russell Scott Delevie of Columbus, Georgia, age 35, entered his guilty plea to Count One,
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, in violation of Title 18 Unites States Code, Section 922(g)(1) and 924(e)(1).  Mr. Delevie has eleven (11) previous arrests and five (5) prior felony convictions.

Tommy Nykeal Johnson of Shellman, Georgia, age 36, entered a guilty plea to a One  Count Indictment charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 922(g)(1)and 924(e)(1).  Mr. Johnson has sixteen (16) previous arrests and five (5) prior felony convictions.

United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael J. Moore stated that, “The Armed Career Criminal Act is one of the strongest weapons federal prosecutors have in fighting violent crime and making sure that repeat offenders are locked away when they illegally possess a firearm.  These three defendants have been thorns in the side of their communities, and hopefully their lengthy incarcerations will provide some relief to the law-abiding citizens in the Columbus area.”

These cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Crawford Seals.

Questions concerning these cases should be directed to Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2602.

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