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MONDAY - March 7, 2011

CLAYTON STORE ROBBER PLEADS TO FIREARM CHARGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today ANTONIO J. REESE pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever III, to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a federal crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 4, 2010.

According to the investigation, on September 7 2009, REESE, 35, of Selma, North Carolina, robbed the Food Lion store in Clayton, North Carolina, at gunpoint. REESE, wearing white gloves and pointing a Hi-Point 9mm rifle at cashiers, left with approximately $2,600.00. One of the clerks, recognizing his voice, eyes, and the clothing, identified him as a person that was in the store making a purchase earlier that evening. Research of the earlier transaction, which was made by debit card, revealed it to be REESE.

A citizen spotted gloves in the roadway about 4/10 of a mile from the Food Lion later that same night. Officers retrieved the gloves and found plastic gloves also; one still in a white glove. Analysis of the gloves found REESE’s DNA on the gloves.

At the sentencing, set of June 20, 2011, REESE faces up to a life-term of imprisonment followed by up to 5 years’ supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

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 Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane 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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