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WEDNESDAY - October 8, 2008

CLARKTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARM CHARGE

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on Monday, October 6, 2008 LUNA JUNIOR WILLIS, 42, of Clarkton, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 18, 2008. On October 14, 2007, WILLIS’ ex-girlfriend, her three children and another individual were in their home in Clarkton, North Carolina. WILLIS pushed the air conditioner unit out of the window, climbed inside, and, using a Davis Industries, .32 caliber handgun began shooting at Young. WILLIS then threw a jar at Young and proceeded to use the broken pieces of glass to cut Young on her neck and chest. He then fled the residence, leaving behind the firearm. WILLIS later turned himself in.

WILLIS was convicted of kidnapping in 1991.

Mr. Holding commented: This type of case is the very one our Project Safe Neighborhoods Program is designed to address. A violent armed convicted felon has no place in our society.”

WILLIS faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment followed by three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g) and 924(e).

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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