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MONDAY - May 17, 2010

FEMALE FAYETTEVILLE FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARMS CHARGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today ANGELA BRYANT COVINGTON, 50, 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, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 7, 2009. COVINGTON, a 2008 keynote speaker for the Fayetteville Project Safe Neighborhoods/Operation Ceasefire initiative, and the victim had an on-going dispute. On January 18, 2009, the victim called 911, claiming that COVINGTON pointed a gun at the victim, during a substance abuse meeting, repeatedly threatening to kill the victim.

The victim left the meeting while COVINGTON followed. The victim got into her car and called 911. While staying on the phone with 911, the victim drove to the Cumberland County Detention Center. COVINGTON, who was following in her car, pulled into the parking lot as Fayetteville Police officers arrived. Officers conducted a traffic stop of COVINGTON’s car.

Officers were notified by the victim that COVINGTON was armed. Officers frisked COVINGTON and found a loaded Bryco Arms model 25, .25 caliber pistol in her right coat pocket. COVINGTON has several prior felony convictions.

At sentencing, scheduled for August 16, 2010, COVINGTON faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00. If the Court deems COVINGTON an Armed Career Criminal, she faces up to a life term of imprisonment followed by up to five years supervised release.

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 Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Banumathi Rangarajan represented the government.

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