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MONDAY - March 8, 2010

ROCKY MOUNT ROBBER SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL FIREARMS CHARGES

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced DEMAZ ALSTON, 23, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to 236 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. ALSTON’s criminal history subjected him to sentencing enhancements.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 16, 2009. On November 2, 2009, ALSTON pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Codes, Section 922(g)(1) and possession of stolen firearms, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(j).

On January 12, 2009, and January 13, 2009, police received reports of home break-ins. Among items reported stolen were a Browning Arms, 16-gauge special steel shotgun; a Remington Arms, model 710, .270 bolt action rifle; a Remington Arms, model 1100, 12-gauge magnum shotgun; and a Smith and Wesson, model 66-3, .357 caliber revolver.

On January 16, 2009, police received a tip that ALSTON was in a vehicle acting suspiciously. When the police arrived and approached the vehicle, ALSTON fled the area in the vehicle. ALSTON was later apprehended and admitted to breaking into the residences and stealing the weapons.

Mr. Holding commented, “We believe that the punishment fit the crime in this instance and are pleased with the outcome. Robbery of firearms is an exceptionally concerning crime. Because we find a substantial connection between other crimes and that of stolen firearms, we take this crime seriously and prosecute accordingly.”

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 Rocky Mount Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes 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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