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August 16, 2011

A 24-year-old Detroit man pleaded guilty today to an Indictment charging him with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Robin Shoemaker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Chief Ralph Godbee, Detroit Police Department.

"The federal government needs to do all we can to combat gun violence," McQuade said. "This case is a good example of the impact federal prosecution can make."

Pleading guilty before U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson was Christopher L. Proctor. Proctor pleaded guilty to Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. The crime carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, or both. Sentencing is set for December 5, 2011.

The offense arose out of a May 6, 2011, shooting which occurred at the Marathon gas station located at 1715 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan at approximately 3:30 a.m. During the shooting, which appeared to be part of an armed robbery or carjacking attempt, an off-duty Detroit Police officer was shot by Proctor four times, causing severe injury. The Colt BSA 45 caliber firearm used by Proctor was recovered following the incident and had an obliterated serial number. Proctor faces state charges relating to the shooting incident.

At today’s plea hearing, Proctor admitted to possessing the gun and being aware that the gun had an obliterated serial number. Proctor has been detained since his initial appearance in this matter.

The investigation of this case has been conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Detroit Police Department, Violent Crimes Task Force. The case has been prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan E. Gillooly.


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