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Wednesday - October 29, 2003

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that JOHN CURTIS LEE was sentenced in federal court in Raleigh on Friday, October 24, 2003, for unlawfully possessing and making firearms. Chief U. S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle imposed a sentence of 210 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release.

LEE, 36, of 904 Carolina Street, Wilson, N. C., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Greenville on April 9, 2003. The indictment charged LEE with possessing firearms after he had been convicted previously of a felony (Count One); four counts of receiving and possessing unregistered firearms (Counts Two through Five); and two counts of unlawfully making firearms (Counts Six and Seven). Pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States Attorney's Office, LEE pled guilty on June 16, 2003, to Counts One, Two, Three, and Six of the indictment. The remaining three counts were dismissed at sentencing.

According to the indictment and evidence presented in court,LEE, a convicted felon, possessed two handguns, two rifles, and a sawed-off shotgun fitted with a silencer; he received and possessed an unregistered explosive bomb and three firearms silencers; and he unlawfully made a destructive device (an explosive bomb). As a result of his convictions, LEE forfeited to the United States all of the firearms, silencers, and materials used in making the bomb and silencers.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant U. S. Attorney Dennis M. Duffy handled the case for the government.

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