FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - September 6, 2011
FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARM CHARGE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today ERIC TAVARUS KENNEDY, 21, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, pled guilty before Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).
According to the Criminal Indictment returned on June 7, 2011, KENNEDY was in the possession of a Wilkinson Arms, .22 caliber pistol on March 4, 2011. Following leads in the investigation of a February 26, 2011, robbery in Raleigh, law enforcement served an arrested warrant for KENNEDY. During the arrest on March 4, 2011, a search was performed in which law enforcement found the firearm in the pants' pocket worn by KENNEDY.
KENNEDY is a multi-felony offender with convictions that include two counts of common law robbery and possession of a controlled substance in prison.
At sentencing, set for December 5, 2011, KENNEDY faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment followed by up to three years’ supervised release. If the Court deems him an Armed Career Criminal, then he will face up to a life-term of imprisonment.
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 Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane J. Jackson is assigned as prosecutor for the government.
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