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THURSDAY - July 9, 2009

FUQUAY FELON SENTENCED TO 17 YEARS FOR FIREARM POSSESSION

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced REGINALD LEE MILLIGAN, 22, of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, to 204 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. Due to MILLIGAN’s extensive criminal history, the Court deemed him a Armed Career Criminal and enhanced his sentence.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 4, 2009. On April 6, 2009, MILLIGAN pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On June 8, 2008, a Fuquay-Varina police officer noticed a car traveling with its parking lights, but not headlights illuminated. The officer activated his lights and MILLIGAN, the driver, pulled over to the side of the street. The officer approached the car and instructed MILLIGAN to pull into a parking lot approximately 10 feet away. As the officer was walking back to his patrol car, MILLIGAN took off in his car. After a highspeed chase reaching 110 mph, MILLIGAN crashed his car and was apprehended. A search of MILLIGAN and his vehicle returned a small amount of marijuana and a stolen, loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

MILLIGAN’s previous felonious convictions include three counts breaking and entering and three counts of larceny.

Mr. Holding commented, “We are well pleased with the Court’s sentence in this case. This defendant has a long history of serious crime, was found armed at the time of arrest, and seriously endangered the police and public with his conduct. The community is safer upon the conviction and sentencing of this defendant.”

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.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fuquay-Varina Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening served as prosecutor for the government.

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