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THURSDAY - October 15, 2009

ARMED ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today STEPHON MONTRELL HOOKER, 22, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 87 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 3, 2008. On May 4, 2009, HOOKER pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g) and 924.

On July 10, 2008, Raleigh Police officers responded to an armed robbery that had occurred on Buck Jones Road. The victim, who was carrying groceries from the car to the residence, was approached by HOOKER and a juvenile. HOOKER and his companion demanded money from the victim displaying a shotgun and a small silver pistol. During the course of the robbery, the victim received two butt strokes from the shotgun to the head. Law enforcement responded to the incident. Approximately a mile from the armed robbery, officers noticed two individuals walking who matched the description of the robbers. The individuals were stopped and searched. HOOKER was carrying a black cloth bag. After the search of HOOKER, the officer picked up the bag and felt what he thought to be a small firearm. At that time, HOOKER took off running. Inside the bag, officers found a silver Davis .389 caliber pistol. The juvenile was arrested. HOOKER was later arrested at his residence.

Mr. Holding commented, “We have pointed out the value of our Project Safe Neighborhoods Program many times and I do not believe it can be stressed enough the important work that is being accomplished through this initiative. Here, an innocent victim merely unloading the groceries from her car was accosted by an armed felon. Our PSN program is designed to see that no other citizen has to endure this type of crime.”

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

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