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TUESDAY - September 16, 2008

GANG MEMBER SENTENCED FOR FIREARM VIOLATIONS

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced JOHN MICKEY HARRIS, JR., 20, of Wilmington, North Carolina, to 71 month’s imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 27, 2008 charging felon in possession of a firearm. On June 3, 2008, HARRIS pled guilty to the charge. On November 1, 2007, Wilmington police responded to a possible trespasser in a government housing complex. While in the area, officers observed HARRIS take a white plastic bag from the waistband of his pants and place in on an air conditioning unit, then walk away. As officers approached, HARRIS took off running. An officer retrieved the bag, which contained a loaded Taurus 32 caliber, Model 731, handgun. HARRIS was apprehended.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Gang Task Force, HARRIS is a validated gang member.

HARRIS’ previous convictions include possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon, and selling of 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 Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wilmington Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo prosecuted the case. Mr. Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.

 

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