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WEDNESDAY - February 9, 2011


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced JAMES EDWARD BURTON, 62, of White Oak, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 9, 2009, charging BURTON with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At his arraignment on August 16,2010, BURTON pled guilty to the charge.

According to the investigations and court documents, on January 2, 2009, BURTON was pulled over for a traffic violation. As law enforcement approached BURTON’s vehicle, a strong odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle was detected. A sobriety test was administered, which he failed. For safety reasons, the trooper patted BURTON down and found a loaded .32 caliber handgun in BURTON’S pocket.

BURTON’s previous felony convictions include two counts of second degree rape, felonious breaking and entering, and assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury

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; the North Carolina Highway Patrol; and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.

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