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WEDNESDAY - April 8, 2009


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced MARTIN BRYANT BOYETTE, 35, of Clinton, North Carolina. BOYETTE, an Armed Career Criminal, received 188 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 30, 2008. BOYETTE pled guilty on December 16, 2008, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On April 30, 2008, BOYETTE and co-defendant, Julio Frentez Morales manufactured an explosive device. After making the device, both were on their way to the residence of BOYETTE’s ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend. Because BOYETTE’s girlfriend had been complaining to BOYETTE about her current boyfriend’s treatment and abuse of her, BOYETTE and Morales decided to throw the device in an attempt to scare him. As they drove by the residence, the CO2 cartridge detonated before Morales could throw it out the window. Morales sustained severe injuries and the two proceeded to the hospital for treatment where law enforcement arrived to investigate.

Mr. Holding commented, “This case is a stark reminder of the danger violent, armed offenders pose to the community. While any injury is regrettable, we are pleased that the intended victim was not harmed.”

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation; and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.


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