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WEDNESDAY - November 19, 2008


RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday United States District Court Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced JACKIE VICTOR ADAMS of Raleigh, North Carolina to a 235 month prison as an armed career criminal.

ADAMS pled guilty on August 18, 2007 to possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year’s imprisonment. Although this crime is generally subject to a maximum prison term of 10 years, ADAMS’ lengthy criminal history qualified him for enhanced penalties as an armed career criminal. Defendants whose criminal histories qualify them for armed career criminal status face a minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment up to a maximum of life for such gun crimes.

ADAMS was arrested by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office after a confrontation with another individual during which ADAMS struck his victim in the head with a .22 caliber handgun, setting the gun off (fortunately, no one was hit with the discharged bullet), after which witnesses called 911. In subsequent interviews, ADAMS acknowledged the incident and his possession of the gun. ADAMS’ criminal history includes three previous convictions for Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine and an additional conviction for Conspiracy to Possess With Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base and Cocaine.

Mr Holding commented on the sentence in this case: “I want to commend the prosecutors, officers, and agents involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case. The defendant was determined to be an Armed Career Criminal because of his long and troubling criminal history. The goals of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program is to make our communities safer by prosecuting and removing armed offenders so law abiding citizens are safer. Here, it is a shame that the defendant learned nothing from previous prosecutions. But, Judge Dever’s 235-month sentence finally should give others a greater sense of security because this defendant’s criminal career is over.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as a part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. Kelly M. Perry, Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuted the case for the United States.


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