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TUESDAY - August 18, 2009

ORRUM FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday BOBBY WAYNE WILKINS, 43, of Orrum, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition 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 May 21, 2009. On October 26, 2008, an officer with the St. Pauls Police Department performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by WILKINS. During the stop the officer observed a Norinco 7.62 SKS rifle, which was loaded, on the front passenger seat. After receiving permission to search the vehicle, the officer also found a loaded Ruger .44 caliber Super Blackhawk revolver. It was learned that WILKINS had prior felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

WILKINS’ extensive criminal history includes second degree trespass, seven counts of breaking and entering, eight counts of larceny, possession of marijuana, two counts of safecracking, two counts of second degree burglary, and grand larceny.

The maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal, WILKINS could face up to life imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

Mr. Holding commented, “This defendant has been convicted on at least seven occasions, yet, on October 28, 2008, law enforcement found him to be in possession of two firearms in violation of federal law. The Project Safe Neighborhoods Program was designed to deal with exactly this type of repeat offender.

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 this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Pauls Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented 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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