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THURSDAY - March 6, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced SIMON PEREZ FAISON, 23, of Erwin, North Carolina, to 121 months’ imprisonment, 5 years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.

On September 5, 2007, FASION was charged by Criminal Indictment and entered his plea of guilty on November 13, 2007 to robbery of a business affecting interstate commerce and using a firearm during the robbery. On May 10, 2007, FAISON and others entered the Community Mart located on Old Stage Road in Raleigh, North Carolina. FASION, who was armed with a Remington .22 caliber rifle, removed the rifle from his pants and pointed it at the cashier. FAISON, and others, removed cash from the register and fled the scene. Witnesses called in a description of the getaway vehicle. Within minutes, a North Carolina Highway Trooper stopped the car. FAISON was arrested. The proceeds from the robbery and the rifle were found in the car.

Mr. Holding commented, “Staring down the muzzle of a gun is a horrific experience. Violent crimes such as these should not go unpunished. We are pleased with the sentence.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Wake County Sheriff’s Department.


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