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TUESDAY - February 10, 2009


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JOSEPH RAY RUFFIN, 39, of Black Creek, North Carolina, to 90 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Criminal Information was filed on October 22, 2008. On November 12, 2008, RUFFIN pled guilty tounlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and structuring a transaction to avoid the reporting requirement. On October 4, 2007, following a traffic stop and a search of RUFFIN’s vehicle, RUFFIN was arrested. Found in the center console of the car was a loaded Taurus .38 caliber revolver.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) 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.

Mr. Holding commented: “This matter is part of our PSN program. That program is sending a message to convicted felons: put the guns down!”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States AttorneyJane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.


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