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WEDNESDAY - December 17, 2008

HOPE MILLS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARMS CHARGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here on Monday, December 15, 2008, JESSE CLEO BAZEMORE, 26, of Hope Mills, North Carolina pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a one-count Criminal Indictment on August 6, 2008. On December 11, 2007, deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting. Investigation of the incident determined that BAZEMORE had shot another individual in the face and fled. BAZEMORE was located and found in possession of an Israel Military Industries .50 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

The maximum penalty is up to 10 years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. If BAZEMORE is deemed an Armed Career Criminal, he faces up to life in prison followed by five years of supervised release. In either case, BAZEMORE also faces a maximum fine of up to $250,000.

Sentencing has been set for March 16, 2009.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Mr. Holding commented: “This case highlights more of the good work that the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program has encouraged with agencies from all levels working together to catch and prosecute offenders.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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