FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - September 9, 2008
DURHAM MAN RECEIVES 25 YEARS IN PRISON ON DRUG CHARGE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced TERRANCE JERMAINE HODGE, 36, of Durham, North Carolina, to 300 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 20, 2008. HODGE pled guilty to distribution of more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack) on May 6, 2008. In November, 2007, the Raleigh Police Department received information that HODGE was distributing crack. Between November 20, 2007, and December 12, 2007, four controlled purchases were made from HODGE.
HODGE’s past criminal convictions include possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, resisting a public officer, possession with intent to sell cocaine, trespass without a licence, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a custodial officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana on detention facility premises, possession of Schedule I controlled substance, conspiracy to commit assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a government official or employee, and involuntary manslaughter.
Mr. Holding stated, “With Mr. Hodge’s long and violent criminal history, the sentence imposed could be no less. We must protect the citizens in our communities against violent offenders. This sentence will keep Mr. Hodge behind bars for some time.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian served as prosecutor for the government.
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