FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - MAY 7, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced CHARLIE O’BRYANT TERRY, 22, of Henderson, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 7, 2007.On October 1, 2007, TERRY pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In December, 2006, officers with the Henderson Police Department obtained arrest warrants for TERRY for possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of attempted first degree murder following the shootings of two victims. On January 19, 2007, a Henderson Police Officer located TERRY inside an automobile. When TERRY saw the officer, he jumped out of his vehicle and led the officer on a foot chase during which he threw a loaded firearm, a Rossi, .357 revolver, from his waistband. TERRY ran to a nearby residence, which he broke into, and hid under a bed. He finally surrendered and officers found the weapon he had thrown. TERRY has previously been convicted of two counts of common law robbery and an assault inflicting serious injury.
TERRY faces trial charges filed by the State f North Carolina within the next few weeks.
Mr. Holding commented, “The 180-month sentence imposed by the Court yesterday should be a lesson to violent criminals and convicted felons: We are very serious about preventing you from illegally possessing guns and we are very serious about preventing you from victimizing the public.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Henderson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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