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THURSDAY - October 30, 2008

LELAND MAN SENTENCED FOR BEING A
FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JAWANN RASHAD GARY, 31, of Leland, North Carolina, to 60 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 27, 2008 charging being a felon in possession of a firearm. On September 4, 2008, GARY pled guilty to the charge. On October 8, 2007, Wilmington Police officers responded to GARY’s residence after having received a report that he had ingested an unknown amount of pills and was not answering his phone. Upon arrival officers found GARY incoherent. GARY informed the officers that he had been unable to sleep and ingested three unknown pills and went to sleep. GARY was transported to the hospital for medical attention. While giving aid to GARY, officers observed two handguns, a Smith & Wesson, Model 39, semi-automatic pistol and a Smith & Wesson, Model 10 revolver. Further investigation revealed the revolver had been reported stolen from a gun shop in Wilmington.

GARY’s has been convicted three prior times of possession with intent to sell and delivery cocaine and once for selling and delivering cocaine.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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