FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - January 22, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on January 20, 2009, Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced MARCUS LEE COLLINS, 25, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 16, 2007. At his arraignment on September 2, 2008, COLLINS pled guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On April 12, 2006, a Fayetteville Police officer, after performing a traffic stop on the vehicle COLLINS was driving, found two handguns, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber and a Stallard model JS9, 9mm pistol.
Later that same year, on November 6, 2006, COLLINS was again pulled over by the Fayetteville Police. The officer discovered a Ruger Model P89 9mm caliber pistol.
COLLINS has a criminal history that includes common law robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Mr. Holding said, “This case is another in our effort to rid the Eastern District of North Carolina of repeat armed offenders. We applaud the work of the officers who investigated these matters.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum served as prosecutor for the government.
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