FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - May 1, 2009
WILMINGTON BUSINESS OWNER FOUND GUILTY OF ILLEGAL
POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that on April 29, 2009, in federal court a jury convicted WILLIAM JOSEPH INMAN, 38, Wilmington, North Carolina, of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan presided over the two-day trial.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 22, 2008. Evidence presented at trial revealed that on January 18, 2008, the Wilmington Police Department received information that INMAN was running an illegal gambling business out of, Two Trees Pools and Spa, his pool cleaning and supply business in Wilmington, North Carolina. INMAN reportedly would sit at a desk directly in the path of the front door of his business and was known to keep a large handgun on his person at all times.
A search warrant was obtained and executed at Two Trees Pools and Spa. As the officers were entering the premises an officer saw INMAN pull out a .40 caliber handgun. The officer fired two shots, one of which hit INMAN in the shoulder and the other passed over his shoulder.
Officers found a Hi-Point .40 caliber, Model JCP and a magazine with ten rounds of Federal 40 S&W at INMAN’s feet. INMAN was administered first aid by EMS at the scene and then taken to the hospital. Approximately $4,700.00 in U. S. Currency and four video poker machines.
Mr. Holding commented on the verdict, “The facts of this case are a stark reminder of the dangers posed by armed felons in our communities. It is fortunate that the brave officers who investigated this case were not injured when the defendant pulled the handgun on them. I commend the jury on it’s verdict and the community can rest more comfortable in the knowledge that another armed felon is off the street.”
At sentencing, INMAN faces up to 10 years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal, INMAN faces up to life imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney J. Gaston Williams served as prosecutor for the government.
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