FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - February 6, 2009
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced ROBERT SPRUCE EASLEY, 63, of Louisburg, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 4, 2008. On August 5, 2008, EASLEY pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. EASLEY, previously convicted of second degree murder and felony possession of cocaine, fired a gun at his girlfriend and later pointed the firearm at police officers. On May 25, 2008, officers with the Raleigh Police Department responded to a domestic dispute at the residence of EASLEY’s girlfriend. When officers arrived, EASLEY’s girlfriend explained that he had threatened to kill her and fired a gun at her. While officers were still interviewing his girlfriend, EASLEY called her cell phone and again threatened to kill her and any police that were present. EASLEY drove by the residence approximately 10 minutes later. Officers attempted to stop him, however, he eluded police, and lead them on a high-speed chase that ended when EASLEY crashed his vehicle. EASLEY exited the vehicle, pointing a weapon at the officers. Eventually he put the weapon back in the vehicle and was taken into custody. Two firearms, a COP, Inc., .357 pistol and a Browning 9mm semi-automatic handgun were found in the vehicle and one firearm, a Colt MK IV semi-automatic pistol was found at the residence.
Mr. Holding commented: “This case reminds us of the wisdom behind the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. Armed felons pose a real risk to our communities and we remain dedicated to addressing this threat.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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