FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - November 13, 2009
CONVICTED FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced COREY ANTWAN MIAL, 25, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 108 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. MIAL was also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 21, 2009. On August 13, 2009, MIAL pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On November 26, 2008, an officer with the Raleigh Police Department received a dispatch that MIAL was wanted. While on patrol the officer pulled into a gas station and noticed MIAL standing next to the rear of the business. MIAL placed a hoodie over his head, which resembled what suspects were wearing during some robberies, and walked into the store. The officer walked into the store to help ensure that a robbery would not be committed. MIAL began to try to evade the officer inside the store. As the officer reached out to initiate an arrest MIAL closed his fists and began to punch the officer. MIAL then fled the store. A chase ensued and the officer witnessed MIAL produce a handgun from his waist area and hold it in his right hand for some distance. MIAL threw the handgun into the air, as the officer drew near. The officer apprehended MIAL. Officers found a loaded firearm, which MIAL had tossed.
Mr. Holding commented, “The message is clear: Convicted felons who continue to violate laws through possessing firearms will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. We take this offense seriously and our aim is to keep our communities safe.”
This case was 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 and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore represented the government.
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