FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - April 19, 2011
WILSON FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL FIREARMS POSSESSION
ELIZABETH CITY - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday ANTHONY GILLIAM, 38, of Wilson, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g) and 924.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 16, 2011.
According to the investigation, GILLIAM was arrested near the J Mart on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh by law enforcement officers who were investigating individuals in the area. At that time, officers found a Heckler & Koch .45 caliber handgun, along with ammunition, on GILLIAM. After further investigation, it was determined that GILLIAM was wanted for outstanding warrants from Wilson County for the possession of the same firearm which he had used during a shooting in March, 2010. During the shooting an individual was injured and several homes were damaged.
This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative 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, set for July 18, 2011, term of court, GILLIAM faces up to ten years imprisonment, followed by up to three years of 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 Wilson Police Department, and the Raleigh Police Department . Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette represented the government.
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