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MONDAY - March 8, 2010


RALEIGH - A Raleigh man was sentenced in federal court today for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon announced United States Attorney George E.B. Holding. Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced ERNEST DENNIS BROWN, 34, to 210 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. The Court also imposed a fine of $10,700.00. Due to BROWN’s approximately 33 separate previous violent convictions, the Court sentenced BROWN at the top of the guideline range.

BROWN was charged by Criminal Indictment on August 19, 2009. On March 27, 2009, police received information that a man with a gun was standing in front of Carver Mini Mart on Carver Road in Raleigh. Officers were dispatched to the area and when they approached the man, later identified as BROWN. BROWN fled the area, going around the store to a cooler. Officers apprehended BROWN and, upon search of the area where BROWN had been, found a loaded Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum revolver behind the cooler.

Mr. Holding commented, “We are pleased with the sentence handed down by the Court today. When criminals have an extensive history, as does this defendant, it is appropriate, utilizing the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, for the federal government to oversee the prosecution and sentencing. Apparently this defendant didn’t get the message from earlier prosecutions. Hopefully, this more substantial federal penalty will get his attention.”

Brown’s felonious convictions include common law robbery, larceny from the person, possession of cocaine, attempted common law robbery, and 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 “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 Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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