FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - January 28, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM MAN FOUND GUILTY BY FEDERAL JURY
ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that on Thursday, January 24, 2008, a federal jury found KENNETH EUGENE PORTER, of Winston-Salem, guilty of interference of commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act), discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A federal Grand Jury returned a three- count Criminal Indictment on October 3, 2007, with the charges. On May 24, 2006, PORTER entered a Wake County ABC store, armed with a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber handgun, fired a shot in the air and demanded money. PORTER demanded that all of the customers go to the front of the store. PORTER received money from two cash registers, then demanded identification of the manager so that the manager could open the safe. PORTER mistakenly thought that one of the customers was the manager and fired a shot at the customer, who was not hit. Eventually, the safe was opened, and PORTER fled the store with over $2,600.00.
PORTER’s criminal history includes robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, felonious breaking and entering, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, first degree kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
PORTER faces up to 20 years imprisonment for the robbery charge, 3 years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. For discharging the firearm, PORTER could receive a sentence of life imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Being a felon in possession, PORTER faces up to 10 years imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine; if deemed a career criminal, PORTER could receive a sentence of life imprisonment.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening was prosecutor for the government.
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