FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - May 17, 2011
ROCKY MOUNT FELON RECEIVES ENHANCED PRISON TERM
FOR UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING A FIREARM
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JIMMIE RAY BATTLE, 46, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised release. The Court deemed BATTLE an Armed Career Criminal and enhanced his term of prison.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 20, 2010.On February 17, 2011, BATTLE pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the investigation, in March, 2009, law enforcement were informed of drug activity at BATTLE’s residence. A surveillance of the residence was initiated to confirm the information. A search warrant was subsequently executed on the residence in which a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, 1 gram of crack cocaine, 4.8 grams of marijuana, digital scales, and other drug paraphernalia were seized. BATTLE was arrested.
BATTLE’s previous felony convictions include common law robbery, break and entering, larceny, and second degree rape.
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 Rocky Mount Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes represented the government.
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