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THURSDAY - January 13, 2011



GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced DONALD BARNARD NEAL, JR., 27, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on June 16, 2010. On October 4, 2010, NEAL pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the investigation, on March 9, 2010, NEAL engaged in a verbal altercation with a female employee at a night club in Fayetteville. Later that night, NEAL noticed the same female employee, along a second female night club employee, at a nearby convenience store. NEAL continued a verbal assault on the two employees and when they drove away from the convenience store, NEAL pursued them in his vehicle. During the chase, NEAL fired eight times at the victims with a Sig Sauer, Model 229, 9mm handgun. The victims contacted 9-1-1 and police officers responded to the scene.

Officers quickly located NEAL’s vehicle and attempted to perform a traffic stop. Refusing to comply, a chase ensued. NEAL finally stopped, after a five-mile chase, and was taken into custody. A search of his vehicle revealed the loaded firearm with several spent shell casings.

NEAL’s previous felony convictions include two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle; possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver marijuana; first degree burglary; and uttering a forged instrument.

“The sentence handed down by the Court is the statutory maximum sentence allowed,” commented Mr. Holding. “The defendant’s behavior and others who endanger the citizens of our communities with such serious conduct will not be tolerated. We will continue to seek rigorous sentencings in such cases.”

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 Ethan Ontjes represented the government.

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