FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - August 4, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE ASSAILANT SENTENCED
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United State District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced ARMON LEROI MATTOX, 28, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 87 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 16, 2011. On April 26, 2011, MATTOX pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On August 1, 2010, a Fayetteville police officer responded to a reported shooting at a residence on Decatur Drive. According to the investigation, while outside smoking a cigarette near the front door of the residence, two roommates saw MATTOX walking down the street and then break into a run as he came toward them. In his left hand he was carrying a handgun. MATTOX pointed, what was later determined to be a Taurus 9mm pistol, at the roommates, forcing them inside the residence. Once inside, when one of the roommates fell down, the other ran out the back door and called 911. The third roommate, who was in the bedroom, heard the commotion in the living room. Retrieving a 12-gauge shotgun, the third roommate chambered a round when he saw MATTOX with the handgun pointed at him. The roommate fired one round at MATTOX. MATTOX fled to the living room and went out the front door. The roommate followed, thinking MATTOX was still armed, and fired another shot. MATTOX had actually already dropped his gun, which was later recovered near the hall doorway. MATTOX was located at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center seeking treatment for the wounds he received and confessed to the attempted armed robbery.
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 Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon served as prosecution for the government.
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