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TUESDAY - February 9, 2010

RALEIGH FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL FIREARM POSSESSION

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday MELVIN TYRONE HYMOND, 23, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 24, 2009. On June 17, 2009, officers received a call and were dispatched to investigate on Steinbeck Drive. Officers arrived and encountered a group of men, including HYMOND. HYMOND was trying to put his hands inside his pocket and one of the officers began explaining to HYMOND that they had been called about a gun. After giving consent to a search of his person and the search proceeded, the officer found a loaded .24 caliber pistol in HYMOND’s right front pocket.

The maximum penalty for the offense if up to 10 years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

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 Jane Jackson 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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