FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - February 23, 2009
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced DEMETHRIC ANTWAN HINNANT, 22, of Wilson, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release after being designated an Armed Career Criminal.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 10, 2008. At his arraignment on November 24, 2008, HINNANT pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On March 10, 2008, the Wilson Police Department received information that HINNANT, along with another individual, were trying to sell a firearm. Officers located HINNANT, who attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended. During the chase, HINNANT was seen discarding an object. Officers searched the area and located a loaded Lorcin, Model L25, .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol.
HINNANT’s previous convictions include trespass on posted property, four counts of breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods/property, three counts of larceny, and forgery of an instrument.
Mr. Holding said: “I applaud the work of everyone involved in our Project Safe Neighborhoods program. The prosecution of cases like this is essential to making our neighborhoods and communities safer.
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 Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett served as prosecutor for the government
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