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MONDAY - March 21, 2011

JACKSONVILLE FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN CHARGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today VICTOR ALEXANDER HOLT, 25, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever III, to aiding and abetting the unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 5, 2011.

On December 7, 2009, police officers were parked near a night club off of New Bern Avenue in Raleigh. Officers heard three gunshots coming from a nearby intersection. Officers pulled behind the vehicle from which the shots appeared to have been fired. Upon activating their lights in an attempt to make a stop, the vehicle sped away. Police gave chase.

During the chase the vehicle drove through a yard on Luther Road. A firearm was tossed from the vehicle into the yard. Officers continued the chase. Eventually, the vehicle stopped and the occupants exited and ran. All were apprehended and police later recovered the firearm.

During the arrest HOLT made statements indicating he had possessed 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.

At sentencing, set for June, 2011, HOLT faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore 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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