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WEDNESDAY - May 5, 2010

RALEIGH MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX FIRE
STARTED BY HOMEMADE INCENDIARY DEVICE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court ON May 3, 2010, MARCUS DALE GREENE, 36, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to possession of a firearm not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 5841, 5861(d), and 5871.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 3, 2010.

In the early morning hours of January 21, 2010, GREENE set fire to the clubhouse of his residential complex using both lighter fluid and an incendiary device that he fashioned out of a two-liter plastic Mountain Dew bottle, long stick matches, and gasoline. Fortunately, the fire was discovered shortly after it started, and no one was injured.

Approximately one and one half hours before the fire, GREENE was captured on the surveillance cameras of a near-by convenience store purchasing two two-liter plastic bottles of Mountain Dew and the other makings of the device.

At sentencing, set for the August 2, 2010, term of Court GREENE faces the maximum statutory penalty for the charge of up to 10 years' imprisonment followed up by to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Fire Department. Assistant United States Attorney Banumathi Rangarajan represented the government.

 

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