FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - January 3, 2012
Felon Sentenced for Unlawful Firearm Possession
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced ERIC TAVARUS KENNEDY, 21, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, to 72 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
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 arrest warrant for KENNEDY. During the arrest on March 4, 2011, a search was performed in which law enforcement found the firearm in the pocket of KENNEDY’s pants.
KENNEDY had previously pled guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).
KENNEDY is a multi-felony offender with convictions that include two counts of common law robbery and possession of a controlled substance in prison.
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.