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convicted felon pleads guilty to firearms charge

August 9, 2012

NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced KENTRELL VENABLE, 26, of Henderson, North Carolina, to 52 months imprisonment.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 20, 2011, charging VENABLE with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At his arraignment on February 14, 2012, VENABLE pled guilty to the charge.

According to evidence presented in court, on July 31, 2011, a family member made two calls to 911, claiming that VENABLE destroyed personal property at the family member’s residence and that he had a firearm. When law enforcement arrived, VENABLE was on the front porch of the residence with a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun. The family member told law enforcement that VENABLE had pointed the gun at her.

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 Henderson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette is prosecuting the case.



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