FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - January 15, 2008
RALEIGH MAN SENTENCED 23 YEARS IN PRISON
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced ZACHARY WILLIAM SANDERS, 28, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 276 months’ imprisonment. A federal Grand Jury charged SANDERS in a three-count Criminal Indictment filed on October 4, 2006, with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. SANDERS pled guilty to the charges on February 20, 2007.
On September 9, 2006, officers with the Raleigh Police Department received information that SANDERS, who had outstanding drug violations warrants, had been seen in a Silver Ford Five Hundred vehicle. Officer located the vehicle. As officers approached the vehicle, SANDERS jumped from the car and took off running. During the foot chase, SANDERS threw a stolen loaded Ruger .357 revolver. After a brief chase, SANDERS was apprehended. On his person, SANDERS possessed cocaine and marijuana.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson was prosecutor for the government.
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