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TUESDAY - October 6, 2009

RALEIGH WOMAN/FELON RECEIVES FEDERAL PRISON TERM

WILMINGTON - A Raleigh woman, and previously convicted felon, was sentenced in federal court today to 100 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release announced United States Attorney George E.B. Holding. Kimberly Denise Harris, 20, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Court also imposed a fine in the amount of $4,752.00.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 28, 2008. On July 6, 2009, Harris pled guilty to the single count.

On January 31, 2008, Raleigh Police learned that Harris was in possession of firearms. A traffic stop was performed on the vehicle that Harris was driving. When searching the vehicle, an officer found two firearms; a Highpoint 380 handgun and a Thompson .45 caliber pistol.

Mr. Holding commented, “The Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative continues to focus on armed convicted felons who have not yet come to understand that we will not tolerate this danger in our communities.”

Harris’ previous felonious convictions include breaking, entering and larceny.

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 Felice McConnell Corpening represented the government.

 

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