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WEDNESDAY - August 19, 2009

LOCAL MAN SENTENCED

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced BRANDON MICHAEL JONES, 21, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 480 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 17, 2008. On February 23, 2009, JONES pled guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, aiding and abetting the use and carry of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack).

On September 24, 2007, JONES met up with Anthony Hassan Russell, Alexander Eugene Oxley, and Ivan Correa, Jr., all from Florida, and Anthony Terrell Russell of Raleigh, North Carolina. Armed with a Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun and a Glock 9-millimeter pistol, they went to a residence in Raleigh where they believed illegal drugs were stored. Anthony Terrell Russell pointed out the residence and drove off. The others entered the residence which was occupied by a woman. The woman was taken to the bathroom and tied up, and her jewelry, cell-phone, and car were stolen.

On September 27, 2007, a Raleigh Police Officer stopped a rented SUV driven by Ashley Lamont Bost for a traffic violation. JONES, Anthony Hassan Russell, Oxley, Correa and Anthony Terrell Russell were passengers.

Anthony Hassan Russell had a 12-gauge shotgun shell and 11 bags containing 17 grams of marijuana in his pocket. The 12-gauge shotgun, the Glock, and an Astra .357 revolver were found inside the SUV. JONES had three bags of crack totaling 64.7 grams. One bag was in his hand, a second bag was in his pocket, and a third bag was under the front right tire of the patrol vehicle right below where JONES had been searched.

Mr. Holding commented, “The criminal acts committed by the defendant and his co-defendants was deserving of the Court’s sentence. The community will be a safer place as each of these defendants is sentenced.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Goulian served as prosecutor for the government.

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