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TUESDAY - July 14, 2009


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt, sentenced BRIAN TERRELL HINTON, 20, of Wake County, North Carolina, to 57 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. A fine of $2,900.00 was also imposed by the Court.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 8, 2009. On April 6, 2009, HINTON pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On October 10, 2008, Raleigh Police performed a traffic stop of a vehicle in which HINTON was passenger. As one officer was questioning the driver of the vehicle, another officer noticed the handle of a firearm sticking out from beneath the sit in which HINTON was seated. Further examination of the weapon revealed that it was a loaded, stolen Taurus, model PT-145, .45 caliber pistol.

HINTON’s previous felonious conviction includes conspiring to commit assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

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 Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government

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