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THURSDAY - March 11, 2010

ORRUM FELON SENTENCED FOR UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced BOBBY WAYNE WILKINS, 43, of Orrum, North Carolina, to 210 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 21, 2009. On August 17, 2009, WILKINS pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

On October 26, 2008, an officer with the St. Pauls Police Department performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by WILKINS. During the stop the officer observed a Norinco 7.62 SKS rifle, which was loaded, on the front passenger seat. After receiving permission to search the vehicle, the officer also found a loaded Ruger .44 caliber Super Blackhawk revolver. It was learned that WILKINS had prior felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

WILKINS’ extensive criminal history includes second degree trespass, seven counts of breaking and entering, eight counts of larceny, possession of marijuana, two counts of safecracking, two counts of second degree burglary, and grand larceny.

Mr. Holding commented, “This defendant has an extensive criminal history and continues to disregard the restrictions placed upon him. The Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative was designed to deal with exactly this type of repeat offender. We will continue to use this initiative to its fullest extent to prosecute such offenders.

This case is part of 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, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Pauls 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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