FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - June 10, 2008
CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING A FIREARM
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced MICHAEL DANIEL SMITH, 23, of Farmville, North Carolina,to 120 months’ imprisonment and three years supervised release following his term of confinement for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 23, 2007, charging him with the single count.
On Sunday, February 25, 2007, SMITH robbed and shot an individual in the parking lot of Oscar’s Lounge located in Wilson, North Carolina. The victim identified SMITH as the person who shot him. SMITH, a multi-convicted felon, was arrested. After SMITH was placed in the Wilson County Jail, his phone calls were monitored according to jail policy. During one of his telephone conversations, he told an unknown subject that after the shooting he ran and jumped two fences. SMITH stated, “the little girl [sawed off shotgun] is on the ground behind the fence.” Detectives responded to the area SMITH described and found a Savage/Stevens 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun on the ground located less than 200 yards from the scene of the shooting.
Mr. Holding pointed out that, “This case cuts to the heart of our Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Our goal is to remove violent repeat offenders from our streets. That has been accomplished here.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson handled this matter for the United States.
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