FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - February 9, 2009
RALEIGH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARM CHARGE
STEMMING FROM SHOOTING
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today WILLIAM TRAVIS WARREN, JR., 28, of Raleigh, North Carolina pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g), which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on January 22, 2009. On January 1, 2008, officers with the Raleigh Police Department were dispatched to a shooting. The victim, who was shot in the leg, identified WARREN as WARREN entered a residence. Officers went to the residence and arrested WARREN. Further investigation revealed that WARREN’s girlfriend had disposed of the firearm, per his request. The weapon, an Arminus .22 caliber revolver, was recovered.
Mr. Holding stated, We continue to see the good work that the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program is fostering as federal, state and local law enforcement work together. This case is the culmination of that work.”
Sentencing is scheduled for the May 11, 2009, term of court.
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 Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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