FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - July 8, 2008
ARMED DRUG DEALER TO GO TO PRISON FOR 125 MONTHS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced WILLIAM SHEMONT SPRINGER, 24, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 125 months’ imprisonment, five years supervised release following his term of confinement. Judge Britt also imposed restitution in the amount of $900.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 12, 2007.On March 17, 2008, SPRINGER pled guilty to distribution of five or more grams of cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On June 15, 2007, SPRINGER sold 26 grams of cocaine base (crack) to an agent for the government for $1,200 and a 9mm firearm. SPRINGER was arrested after the exchange took place.
SPRINGER is a validated gang member with prior convictions for common law robbery, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
“Armed drug trafficking gangs present a growing problem for and threat to the people of North Carolina. The Department of Justice and my office have committed substantial resources to this developing problem. We must get ahead of this troubling trend,” stated Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Wilmington Police Department. The United States was represented by Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.
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