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THURSDAY - February 23, 2012

RALEIGH ROBBER RECEIVES FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced SY ARTHUR PERRI, 21, to 108 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on July 20, 2011. On October 3, 2011, PERRI pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).

According to information presented at the hearing, PERRI participated in a robbery at a Raleigh residence on February 15, 2011. During the robbery, PERRI pointed a handgun at the head of a victim and forced the victim into a back bedroom of the residence while his accomplices stole property from the residence. On March 3, 2011, Raleigh Police located PERRI at a Raleigh residence and attempted to serve PERRI with arrest warrants related to the robbery. As officers approached the residence, PERRI exited through the front door carrying a loaded 9mm pistol. PERRI fled on foot and was apprehended by officers after a brief foot chase.

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 Toby Lathan represented the government.

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