FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - February 3, 2009
CONVICTED FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARM CHARGE
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday CLEVELAND BRAXTON CURTIS, 27, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Robert Jones to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), which is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of up to ten years followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
A Criminal Information was filed on December 9, 2008. On April 10, 2008, Raleigh Police officers responded to a domestic violence call at CURTIS’ residence. Upon arriving, officers interviewed the female living with CURTIS. She and CURTIS had gotten into a physical altercation, during which, CURTIS had retrieved a gun lock box containing a Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol from the bedroom closet. When CURTIS learned that his girlfriend was calling the police, CURTIS left with the box. Upon CURTIS’ return, the box and gun were gone. In interviewing CURTIS it was learned that the gun was in his pickup truck and the gun was seized.
Mr. Holding commented: “Armed convicted felons pose a risk to all of us. In this case, we are fortunate that this domestic situation did not turn more violent. But we see, nevertheless, the risk that an armed felon posed.”
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 Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.
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