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WEDNESDAY - December 15, 2010

NAKINA WOMAN SENTENCED IN GUN THEFT CASE

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced ASHLEY NICOLE JONES, 27, of Nakina, North Carolina, to 108 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 19, 2009. On April 12, 2010, JONES pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On March 7, 2009, while visiting the residence of a friend, JONES stole a Ruger Model Blackhawk .357 caliber revolver. After the friend reported the firearm missing to authorities, law enforcement recovered it at a pawn shop in Chadbourn, North Carolina, a few hours later where JONES had received $40 in exchange for the weapon.

JONES has previously be convicted of two attempted breaking and/or entering of a building charges, three breaking and/or entering charges, one charge of larceny of a firearm, and one charge of larceny.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative 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 Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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