FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - March 9, 2009
RALEIGH MAN RECEIVES 10 YEARS FOR FIREARM CHARGE
ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here on March 4, 2009, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced MICHAEL LEWIS WHITE, 21, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment. A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 6, 2008, charging unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At his arraignment on October 6, 2008, WHITE pled guilty. On April 4, 2008, Raleigh Police officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle carrying four males; however, the vehicle failed to stop and a short chase ensued. WHITE exited the vehicle and one of the officers pursued him. During the chase the officer noticed that WHITE, a known “Bloods” gang member, was carrying a semi-automatic handgun in his right hand. As the officer attempted to apprehend WHITE without injury, the officer pushed WHITE in an attempt to knock him down but instead caused WHITE to spin around and face the officer with the firearm pointed directly at the officer. The officer fired striking WHITE twice. After being subdued, WHITE was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A Glock .40 caliber handgun and a Glock magazine loaded with hollow point bullets was recovered.
Mr. Holding commented: “When police encounter armed felons it is often a dangerous situation. Here we are starkly reminded of that danger. I commend the officer involved in this case and am grateful he was not injured.”
WHITE had five previous felony drug convictions in Wake County. Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department.
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