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FRIDAY - March 4, 2011

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 1, 2011, WILLIAM SCOTT MARTIN, 24, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 16, 2010.

According to the investigation, on December 29, 2009, MARTIN, along with a companion, arrived at a residence in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where the occupant of the residence was on the couch counting money. MARTIN pointed a handgun at the individual on the couch and demanded the money. The money was given to MARTIN. MARTIN and his companion left the residence. The individual that MARTIN had robbed retrieved an AK 47 from another room in the residence, jumped into his car, and began chasing MARTIN and his companion.

During the chase, MARTIN was fired upon. Officers stopped the individual who had been shooting at MARTIN, however, MARTIN and his companion got away. Later, during a traffic stop of MARTIN’s companion, a deputy found a Ruger Security Six .357 caliber revolver and a small plastic bag of marijuana.

Fingerprint analysis of the firearm revealed that MARTIN, a previously four-time convicted felon, had been in possession of the firearm.

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 Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office; and the Hope Mills Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening represented the government.

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