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TUESDAY - MAY 6, 2008

RED SPRINGS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARMS CHARGES

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court BRANDON LEE MCMILLIAN, 28, of Red Springs, North Carolina, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on March 19, 2008. On December 27, 2007, during an altercation outside of a grocery store in Red Springs, MCMILLIAN, shot and killed another individual with a C.N. Romarm SKS rifle. On September 15, 2007, MCMILLIAN shot and killed another individual using a .45 caliber Springfield Armory Model XD45 pistol,.

MCMILLIAN’s prior convictions include felony possession of cocaine, felony larceny, and assault with a deadly weapon that was reduced to a misdemeanor.

“The right to bear arms is a privilege afforded us by our constitution. That does not give anyone the right to settle disputes or differences with gun play. The defendant’s violent behavior will not be tolerated,” commented Mr. Holding.

The maximum penalties MCMILLIAN faces are up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and 3 years supervised release. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal, MCMILLIAN faces up to life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 5 years supervised release. Sentencing is set for August 4, 2008.

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

 

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