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MONDAY - May 18, 2009

ROCKY MOUNT FELON PLEADS GUILTY

TO FIREARM POSSESSION CHARGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today RAYMOND LEE POWELL, JR., 26, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 12, 2008. On July 6, 2008, officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department responded to a call of drug activity at a residence on Raleigh Road in Rocky Mount. Upon arrival at the residence, officers found two males at the back of the house. POWELL was found smoking a blunt which contained marijuana. Under POWELL’s shirt, officers found a loaded Harrigton and Richardson, model 732, .32 caliber revolver tucked in his belt.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal by the Court, POWELL faces sentencing enhancements of up to life imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

Mr. Holding commented, “We continue to utilize the PSN program to bring previously convicted felon’s more severe sentences in federal court. It is our hope that in doing so those that carry guns or perform violent acts will take note and stop their criminal behavior.”

Sentencing is scheduled for the August 31, 2009, term of court.

POWELL’s previous felonious convictions include accessory after the fact of attempted armed robbery and assault on a law enforcement officer/probation officer causing 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 Rocky Mount Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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