FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday - August 21, 2006
TWO ROBESON COUNTY MEN PLEAD GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT
RALEIGH - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced today that JAMES ALLEN BLACK, JR., also known as “Bo Black,” 34, of 1478 Milk Dairy Road, Red Springs, North Carolina and PATRICK TERRELL FERGUSON, 35, of Robin Woods Apartments, Apt. #1-A, Red Springs, North Carolina, pled guilty in federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina, pursuant to plea agreements before U. S. District Judge James C. Dever, III.
BLACK pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute more than five hundred (500) grams of cocaine, one count of conspiracy to kidnap and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. FERGUSON, a former deputy with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to kidnap and one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
In December 2003, BLACK robbed a suspected drug dealer of two kilograms of cocaine and approximately $150,000.00 in cash. A month later, in January 2004, BLACK and FERGUSON planned to rob two Virginia residents. On February 27, 2004, BLACK and FERGUSON, armed with handguns, drove from North Carolina to Virginia where they forcibly kidnaped the two Virginia residents and drove them back to North Carolina.
BLACK could receive a maximum sentence of forty years’ imprisonment, a fine of $2,000,000 and five years of supervised release for Count One; life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and five years supervised release for Count Two; and life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and five years supervised release for Count Three. FERGUSON could receive a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and five years of supervised release for Count One; life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and five years supervised release for Count Two. As part of their plea agreements, both men agreed to waive Indictment by a federal grand jury. The actual sentences will be determined by the Court using the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are advisory. Sentencing has been set for the November 2006 term of court.
This investigation is ongoing. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are the investigative agencies on this case. Assistant United States Attorney Michael G. James handled the case for the United States.
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