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WEDNESDAY - January 6, 2010

FELON WITH FIREARM RECEIVES FIFTEEN-YEAR SENTENCE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on January 4, 2010, Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced GEORGE FREDRICK MCCLAIN, 64, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 2, 2009, charging MCCLAIN, as a convicted felon, with possessing a firearm. MCCLAIN pled guilty to the charge on October 5, 2009.

On February 21, 2008, MCCLAIN, after being seen leaving a known drug house, was stopped by an officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department for a traffic violation. MCCLAIN consented to a search of his person and vehicle. A loaded .25 caliber firearm was found in MCCLAIN’s jacket. MCCLAIN was previously charged in 2002 by the State of North Carolina with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified Ateam 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 as well as the Rocky Mount Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer 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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