FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 8, 2008
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court MELVIN REGINALD HOLDEN, 28, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A one-count Criminal Information was filed on February 19, 2008. On March 16, 2005, agents learned that HOLDEN, along with his cousin, sold a Haskel Model JHP .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol to another person. That person, a convicted felon, used it to commit a robbery in Raleigh.
“We must continue to work to take firearms out of the hands of previously convicted felons. The officers and agents working on the streets today have my heartfelt gratitude for the difficult and dangerous job they face each day,” stated Mr. Holding.
The maximum penalty faced by HOLDEN is 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and 3 years supervised release following his term of confinement. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal, pursuant to Title 18, United States, Code, Section 924(e), HOLDEN faces a maximum of 15 years to life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and 5 years supervised release.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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