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TUESDAY - June 10, 2008

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced NORMAN EARL RUFFIN, 50, of Tarboro, North Carolina, to 46 months imprisonment and three years supervised release following his term of confinement.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 5, 2007.On December 12, 2007, RUFFIN pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On August 27, 2005, Tarboro Police Officers responded to a call that RUFFIN had brandished a pistol and made threats. An arrest warrant was obtained and officers located RUFFIN with a black carrying case on his back. As an officer approached, RUFFIN took off running and threw the case to the ground. The officer discontinued the chase to secure the case where a rifle was found. RUFFIN was later captured and arrested.

“Those that repeatedly commit crimes, especially crimes of violence, will be prosecuted vigorously. The importance of keeping our citizens safe is of the utmost. Convicted felons brandishing firearms and threatening individuals will not be tolerated,” stated Mr. Holding.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tarboro Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.


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