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Monday - May 2, 2005

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that LEON OXENDINE was sentenced in federal court in Wilmington on Monday, May 2, 2005. Senior U. S. District Judge James C. Fox imposed a sentence of 51 months imprisonment, a $10,000.00 fine, and three years of supervised release.

OXENDINE had been convicted in Wilmington on Wednesday, September 22, 2004, on charges of witness tampering, making a false statement to a federal law enforcement agency, and making false statements to a federal grand jury. Following a seven-day jury trial, he was found guilty as charged. OXENDINE, 51, of Lumberton, N. C., was taken into custody by the U. S. Marshals Service immediately following the return of the jury's verdict; now he will be transported to a federal facility to begin serving the active portion of his sentence.

OXENDINE, a Lieutenant in the Lumberton Police Department, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Greenville on April 8, 2004. A superseding indictment was filed on July 12, 2004.

The seven-count indictment charged OXENDINE with tampering with a witness; making a false statement to the FBI; and five counts of making false declarations before a federal grand jury.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the N. C. State Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Secret Service. Assistant U. S. Attorneys Eric Evenson and Winnie J. Reaves prosecuted the case for the United States.

 

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