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THURSDAY - December 15, 2011


RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on December 13, 2011, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced RUSSELL JONATHAN CARROLL, 28, to 180 months imprisonment.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 24, 2011. On August 1, 2011, CARROLL pled guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Relating to the first count, the investigation revealed that on March 9, 2010, in Wilmington, law enforcement responded to a shooting. The victim had been shot in the abdomen and CARROLL was identified as the shooter. A search of the area recovered the weapon, a Kimber .45 caliber pistol.

Regarding the second count, it was learned through the investigation that on July 13, 2010, CARROLL and another individual, wearing masks and CARROLL carrying a firearm, went to a residence looking for a person CARROLL alleged had stolen drugs and money from him. Unfortunately, the person that CARROLL was looking for no longer lived at the residence. Not believing the current occupants of the residence, CARROLL pistol whipped one of the residents and went inside. Two other people who where in the residence at the time fled outside when CARROLL entered. One called 9-1-1, while the other went to seek help from a neighbor. The neighbor confronted CARROLL and his accomplice while holding a shotgun. CARROLL and his partner fled. Police quickly located the vehicle in which CARROLL and his partner had made their escape and performed a stop. CARROLL fled the car while his partner was apprehended. Police chased CARROLL, and while they did not apprehend him at that time, officers found a .22 caliber pistol, along with the victims’ belongings, on the path CARROLL had taken during his escape. The following day CARROLL was apprehended.

At the time of both crimes, CARROLL was on supervised release from a 2005 federal conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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; Wake County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Charity Wilson served as prosecutor for the government.

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