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FRIDAY - June 25, 2010

GARNER FELON SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced MELVIN TYRONE HYMOND, 23, Raleigh, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 24, 2009. On February 8, 2010, HYMOND pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

According to the investigation, on June 17, 2010, law enforcement responded to a call regarding several men possessing firearms. Upon arrival at the scene, four men were observed standing on a front porch at a residence in Raleigh. When officers questioned the men, HYMOND acted suspicious and officers asked HYMOND if he had a gun. He was searched and a loaded .25 caliber firearm was found on HYMOND. Officers learned from further investigation that HYMOND was a felon with convictions that included four breaking and entering counts, five larceny after breaking and entering counts, and a count of larceny from the person.

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 Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.

 

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