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WEDNESDAY - January 12, 2011

PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARMS CHARGES

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today CHRISTOPHER HAROLD GOINS, JR., 35, of Leland, North Carolina, pled guilty before Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924, and possession of a stolen firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(j) and 924(a)(2).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 15, 2010.

According to the investigation, in July, 2010, GOINS was released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Five days later GOINS was arrested for rape. While in custody, GOINS admitted to possessing a Winchester, Model 1300 Ranger, .12 gauge shotgun, two days earlier. Further investigation revealed the firearm had been stolen.

At sentencing, GOINS faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If deemed an Armed Career Criminal his sentence for this charge could increase to up to a lifetime of imprisonment followed by up to five years’ supervised release. In addition, for the charge of possession a stolen firearm, GOINS faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

GOINS criminal felonious record includes two counts of assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and one count each of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapons, possession of cocaine, and breaking and entering.

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 Wilmington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane J. Jackson represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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