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Wednesday - April 7, 2004

GREENVILLE - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that RASHAAN CARDELL ROGERS, 32, of Greenville, N. C., was sentenced in federal court in Greenville on Tuesday, April 6, 2004. Following a jury trial in December, 2003, ROGERS was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U. S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced ROGERS to 92 months in federal prison and a fine of $4,000.00. ROGERS had two prior convictions for drug trafficking, one in Pitt County Superior Court and one in U. S. District Court.

According to evidence presented during the trial, ROGERS was arrested by Greenville Police officers following a November 3, 2002, incident at a residence on Norcott Circle in Greenville. Officers responded to a call from the residence and upon arrival ordered everyone out of the house. ROGERS responded by running out of the back of the residence and throwing a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol from his hand as he fled. The officers were able to subdue ROGERS and recover the weapon.

This case is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greenville Police Department. Assistant U. S. Attorney John H. Bennett of the Greenville branch office is handling the case for the Government.

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