FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - April 5, 2010
GUILTY PLEA IN OFFICER’S ASSAULT
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today GREGORY ARNEL GURLY, 40, of Raeford, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to assaulting a federal officer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 111(a) and (b), and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack), in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on December 17, 2009.
On July 17, 2009, an arrest warrant was issued for GURLY at the request of the United States Probation Office for a probation violation. On September 24, 2009, a Deputy United States Marshal, along with members from the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, located GURLY outside of Elizabeth’s Pizza in Fayetteville, North Carolina. When law enforcement approached to arrest GURLY, he accelerated the vehicle he was driving and deliberately struck the law enforcement vehicle. Officers rushed to physically remove GURLY from his vehicle after several verbal commands went unheeded. Although GURLY continued to resist arrest, the officers were eventually able to detain him. Once in custody, officers found crack cocaine in GURLY’s pants’ pocket.
At sentencing, which is set for the July 19, 2010, term of Court, GURLY faces up to 20 years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for the charge of assaulting an officer. For the drug offense, he faces up to 20 years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. If it is found that a prior drug offense applies according to Title 21, Untied States Code, Section 841(b)(1)(C), GURLY could receive an enhanced sentence of up to 30 years imprisonment followed by up to six years supervised release and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00.
Mr. Holding commented, “I want to express my deep appreciation to the United States Marshals Service and to the members of their Violent Fugitive Task Force. Their work, and the events surrounding the arrest and apprehension of this defendant is a reminder of the danger associate with their work and we are very grateful for their bravery and dedication.”
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Marshals Service and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kristine Fritz represented the government.
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