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THURSDAY - April 9, 2009

CLARKTON MAN RECEIVES SENTENCE FOR FIREARM POSSESSION

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan, sentenced LUNA JUNIOR WILLIS, 42, of Clarkton, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 18, 2008. On October 6, 2008, WILLIS pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On October 14, 2007, WILLIS’ ex-girlfriend, her three children and another individual were in their home in Clarkton, North Carolina. WILLIS pushed the air conditioner unit out of the window, climbed inside, and, using a Davis Industries, .32 caliber handgun began shooting at her. WILLIS then threw a jar at her and proceeded to use the broken pieces of glass to cut her on the neck and chest. He then fled the residence, leaving behind the firearm. WILLIS later turned himself in.

WILLIS was convicted of kidnapping in 1991.

Mr. Holding commented: “The defendant’s past history of violent acts has earned him this significant sentence. We are pleased that the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program is working well and that local and state law enforcement can bring cases such as this one to the federal level for prosecution.”

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 and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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