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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

TUESDAY - November 10, 2009

CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED FOR
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced MARTA ERWIN PERRY, 21, of Raleigh to 84 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 16, 2009. On August 4, 2009, PERRY pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On November 29, 2008, a Raleigh police officer performed a traffic stop. As the officer approached the vehicle he noticed an unusual amount of movement in the vehicle between the driver and the passenger, PERRY.

Because of the suspicious behavior, the officer searched the vehicle. A handgun underneath the passenger seat was discovered. PERRY was arrested.

This case was part of the 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 and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore represented the government.

 

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