FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - January 22, 2009
JAMESVILLE FELON RECEIVES PRISON TERM FOR POSSESSING GUN
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 JOHN CHRISTOPHER ROGERS, JR., 33, of Jamesville, North Carolina, to 115 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 3, 2007. At his arraignment on September 5, 2008, ROGERS entered his guilty plea to being in possession of a stolen firearm. On April 7, 2007, while conducting a traffic stop, officers with the Chocowinity Police Department found a .45 caliber pistol in ROGERS' vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the firearm was stolen.
ROGERS has a very extensive criminal history dating back to 1992, which consists of two counts of possession of weapon on school grounds, ten counts of felonious breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, financial card theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana.
Mr. Holding stated, “Here again the Court has imposed a lengthy sentence on an armed felon. Those who have been convicted of felonies need to take note. Put down the guns.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Chocowinity Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum served as prosecutor for the government.
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