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TUESDAY - May 5, 2009

TWO DEFENDANTS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING IN FEDERAL COURT

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday LATISHA STOKES, 28, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty to accessory after the fact, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 3, which carries a maximum penalty of five years followed by up to three years of supervised release. Today, her co-defendant, WILLIAM TRAVIS WARREN, JR., 28, of Greenville, North Carolina, was sentenced to 160 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle presided over both hearings.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 1, 2008. WARREN pled guilty on February 9, 2009.

On January 1, 2008, officers with the Raleigh Police Department were dispatched to a shooting. The victim, who was shot in the leg, identified WARREN as WARREN entered a residence. Officers went to the residence and arrested WARREN. Further investigation revealed that WARREN’s girlfriend had disposed of the firearm, per his request. The weapon, an Arminus .22 caliber revolver, was recovered at a McDonald’s in Raleigh after a witness lead officers to the site.

Mr. Holding stated, “This case is a vivid reminder of the purpose behind our Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. Armed felons pose a real risk to the safety and security of our communities. This shooting is proof enough of that.”

Stokes’ sentencing is set for the August 3, 2009, term of court.

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 Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

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