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THURSDAY - July 8, 2010

FAYETTEVILLE FELON SENTENCED FOR

UNLAWFUL WEAPONS POSSESSION

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced ABDULAH ASAD MUJAHID a/k/a Brian Steven Sweeney, 33, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 300 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 24, 2009. On March 8, 2010, MUJAHID pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1) and possession of a stolen firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(j).

On July 25, 2009, a 16-year-old was awakened by someone trying to break into his house in Clinton, North Carolina. The resident retreated to a closet and dialed 9-1-1. MUJAHID entered the residence and pointed a gun at the resident, ordering him to call the police back and tell them that he, MUJAHID, was just a friend inside the house. The resident was able to escape into a bedroom. When officers arrived they were able to talk MUJAHID into coming outside, where he was arrested. Officers found a loaded Bersa .380 caliber handgun on a table in the kitchen. MUJAHID, an Armed Career Criminal who has had 16 prior breaking and entering convictions, admitted that he was armed with the pistol, which he had stolen previously during a break-in located in Cumberland County.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.

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