FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - August 2, 2011
TEENAGER/CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING ILLEGAL FIREARMS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United State District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced TERRELL LEE JONES, 19, of Raleigh, North Carolina to 46 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 18, 2010. On March 2, 2011, JONES pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the investigation, on January 26, 2010, police officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Atkins Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina. As the police entered the residence, a bag holding two loaded forearms was tossed out of a window. In JONES’ bedroom, officers found in the dresser bags of shotgun shells, .22 caliber rounds, a rifle scope, and pistol clips. In the closet officers found a sawed-off shotgun, a stolen shotgun, two loaded .22 caliber rifles, one with a scope, and a duffle bag filled with hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Officers also found notebooks filled with gang writings. JONES was an admitted gang member.
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.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore served as prosecution for the government.
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