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MONDAY - March 8, 2010

FAYETTEVILLE FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO

UNLAWFUL WEAPONS POSSESSION

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today ABDULAH ASAD MUJAHID a/k/a Brian Steven Sweeney, 33, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, 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).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 24, 2009.

On July 25, 2009, a 15-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 admitted that he was armed with the pistol, which he had stolen previously during a break-in located in Cumberland County.

Mr. Holding stated, “The home is a place...a haven, where a person should be able to feel safe and secure. When someone breaks in, that feeling of security for the resident is shattered. This type of behavior is unacceptable and we will seek a just and lengthy sentence to curb behavior such as this.”

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.

At sentencing, scheduled for June 7, 2010, MUJAHID faces up to 10 years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for each charge. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal, MUJAHID could face up to life imprisonment followed by up to five years of supervised release for the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane J. Jackson represented the government.

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