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WEDNESDAY - March 18, 2009

HOPE MILLS MAN SENTENCED FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced JESSE CLEO BAZEMORE, 26, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, to 108 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a one-count Criminal Indictment on August 6, 2008. At his arraignment on December 15, 2008, BAZEMORE pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On December 11, 2007, deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting. Investigation of the incident determined that BAZEMORE had shot another individual in the face and fled. BAZEMORE was located and found in possession of an Israel Military Industries .50 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had been used in the shooting. It was also learned that after shooting the victim, BAZMORE pistol-whipped the victim.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods 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.

Mr. Holding commented: “We must deal with the violence occurring in our streets and the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program has been put in place for that purpose. As evidenced by this prosecution, the program will deal with those that continue to commit violent acts upon others, as they will see lengthier sentences at the federal level.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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