FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - November 13, 2008
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced CHARLES EDWIN HOLMAN, 49, of Oxford, North Carolina, to 97 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 19, 2007. At his arraignment on August 26, 2008, HOLMAN pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. On April 19, 2007, Oxford police officers responded to a disturbance involving weapons at a local gas station. It was determined that HOLMAN was involved in a domestic dispute. As the female victim pulled the vehicle she was driving up to a gas pump, HOLMAN struck her in the mouth with his fist. She jumped from the vehicle, attempting to escape; however, HOLMAN chased her with a Colt Police Positive, .38 revolver drawn. The female victim begged a man, who was also at the pumps, for assistance. HOLMAN aimed his loaded firearm at the victim, threatening to kill her. At one point, HOLMAN had the victim by the hair telling her to get back in the vehicle and she complied. As HOLMAN was walking in front of the vehicle of the man the victim had asked for assistance, the man accelerated his vehicle, striking HOLMAN. The victim ran inside the store and the store clerk locked the doors. The police were then called. The victim warned that HOLMAN also had a Raven Arms MP-25, .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his back pocket. The driver striking HOLMAN fled to safety, but later returned to await the arrival of police. A search of HOLMAN’s residence recovered a 12-gauge shotgun.
“This case is stark evidence of the value of our efforts to target violent and repeat offenders. This defendant, a previously convicted felon, posed a real danger to the victim and to the Oxford community. I am pleased we could participate in bringing justice to this case,” commented Mr. Holding.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Oxford Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Murphy served as prosecutor for the government.
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