FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - March 27, 2009
DEFENDANT SENTENCED IN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE CASE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced JULIO FRENTEZ MORALES, 26, of Clinton, North Carolina to 60 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 30, 2008. MORALES pled guilty on December 16, 2008, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On April 30, 2008, MORALES and his co-defendant, Martin Bryant Boyette, manufactured an explosive device. After making the device, both were on their way to the residence of Boyette’s ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend. Because Boyette’s girlfriend had been complaining to Boyette about her current boyfriend’s treatment and abuse of her, Boyette and MORALES decided to throw the device in an attempt to scare him. As they drove by the residence, the CO2 cartridge detonated before MORALES could throw it out the window. MORALES sustained severe injuries and the two proceeded to the hospital for treatment where law enforcement arrived to investigate.
Mr. Holding commented, “The sentence the Court handed down today reflects the seriousness of the issue of individuals making homemade explosive devices. It was fortunate that no innocent victim was injured.”
Boyette will be sentenced at a later date.
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.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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