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WEDNESDAY - September 17, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced four defendants for charges relating to the robbery of Washington Marine and Sporting Center in Washington, North Carolina. JOSHUA MICHAEL RODEN, 22, an active duty Marine in deserter status originally from Alabama, was sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. Restitution in the amount of $6,651.55 was also imposed. JAMES LEE MCGEE, 26, of Greenville, North Carolina, received 120 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. MARVIN WENDELL THOMAS, 32, of Greenville, North Carolina, and TRACY O’BRIEN KNIGHT, 24, also of Greenville, North Carolina, each received 70 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on March 14, 2008. On March 10, 2008, RODEN pled guilty to possession of stolen firearms. MCGEE, THOMAS, and KNIGHT pled guilty to felon in possession of a firearm, aiding and abetting; MCGEE and THOMAS on April 21, 2008, and KNIGHT on May 10, 2008. On November 28, 2007, in the early morning hours, three stolen vehicles were driven into the parking lot of Washington Marine and Sporting Center. The defendants and a co-defendant, Trevin Maurice Gibson, got out of the vehicles, broke the glass of the front door and entered the business. Heading toward the firearms section of the store, they began removing rifles and shotguns from the wall mounted gun racks. The security alarm sounded inside the store and the defendants fled with the weapons. To date, only three of the firearms have been recovered.

Referring to this case, Mr. Holding stated, “The investigation and sentencing in this case depicts the seriousness and real-life consequences of stealing firearms. This office and law enforcement agencies at all levels will aggressively pursue criminals that steal and traffic in firearm.”

Gibson’s sentencing has been set for October 20, 2008.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington Police Department, the Greenville Police Department, the Robersonville Police Department, and the Cullman County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett served as prosecutor for the government.


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