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raleigh, NC felon sentenced for unlawful firearms and ammunition possession

July 6, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan, sentenced MARK ANTHONY WATKINS, 45, to 166 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.  

     A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 16, 2011. At his arraignment on November 15, 2011, WATKINS pled guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924.

According to the investigation, on May 8, 2011, the Raleigh Police Department received information that WATKINS was in possession of a firearm near some businesses in Raleigh.  When Officers arrived, WATKINS hid the revolver and attempted to leave the area.  However, Officers detained and searched WATKINS, and found ammunition in his pocket and located the firearm.

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.  WATKINS had previously been convicted of at least three violent felonies.

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 prosecuted the case.











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