FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, October 2, 2006
DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY TO SHOOTING OF
NC STATE HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that MARVIN BELL JOHNSON, 28, of Richmond, Virginia, plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in federal court today in Raleigh. JOHNSON was charged in an indictment filed on July 5, 2006.
On November 28, 2005, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J. C. Horniak stopped a vehicle driven by JOHNSON on southbound I-95 at mile marker 52 just inside of Cumberland County because of a dangling license plate. Trooper Horniak asked JOHNSON for registration and identification at which time JOHNSON told him that they were both in the trunk of the car. As JOHNSON began to exit the vehicle, he retrieved a firearm from under the driver’s floor mat and shot Trooper Horniak seven times in the chest. Trooper Horniak survived the incident. JOHNSON’s criminal history reveals a prior felony conviction for second degree murder in 1994. Sentencing has been set for January 9, 2007 before Senior U. S. District Judge W. Earl Britt.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Fayetteville Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, the U. S. Department of Justice’s national initiative to reduce gun crime. Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator and Assistant U. S. Attorney Jane J. Jackson handled the case for the Government.
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