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Thursday, September 21, 2006


RALEIGH – On September 19, 2006, Senior United States District Court Judge James C. Fox sentenced LOUIS McDADE, 40, of Raleigh, North Carolina to a 235 month prison as an armed career criminal. McDADE pled guilty on March 13, 2006 to possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year’s imprisonment. Although this crime is generally subject to a maximum prison term of 10 years, McDADE’s lengthy criminal history qualified him for enhanced penalties as an armed career criminal. Defendants whose criminal histories qualify them for armed career criminal status face a minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment up to a maximum of life for such gun crimes.

McDADE was arrested by the Raleigh Police Department on South Blount Street on February 12, 2004. When officers approached McDADE, he fled to the stairwell of a nearby apartment complex, where he dumped a Walther P38 9mm pistol, loaded with 8 rounds of ammunition, along with approximately 13.4 grams of crack cocaine and 4 grams of marijuana. In subsequent interviews with Raleigh Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, McDADE acknowledged his possession of these items and his attempt to dispose of them.

United States Attorney Holding stated, “This case is a good illustration of how we will refuse to tolerate career criminals in our district. Prior to this conviction, Mr. McDade had been convicted of over 40 crimes spanning a period of over 20 years, including numerous drug crimes and crimes of violence. Enough is enough. These are precisely the defendants Project Safe Neighborhoods aims to bring to justice.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. Ethan Ontjes and Joe Exum, Jr., Assistant United States Attorneys, prosecuted the case for the United States.


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