FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - MARCH 4, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE MAN PLEADS TO BEING A CONVICTED FELON
IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court TORRIAN DONTEZ KNOWLES, 19, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to being a felon in possession of a firearm. KNOWLES, a resident of Fayetteville, was arrested on November 23, 2007. On that date, a Fayetteville Police Officer was working off duty at the Palomino Club located at 2869 Owen Drive in Fayetteville, North Carolina, when he observed KNOWLES point a firearm out of the right front passenger side window of a 2004 GMC Yukon and fire a shot. The Fayetteville Police Officer opened the door and pulled KNOWLES out. KNOWLES was armed with a Hi-Point .40 caliber pistol.
KNOWLES faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, 3 years supervised release, and a $250,000.00 fine. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal, he would face a sentence of 15 years to life imprisonment, 5 years supervised release and a fine of $250,00.00
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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