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henderson man sentenced for retaliating against a federal witness

June 4, 2013

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Senior Judge James C. Fox sentenced RON O’NEAL HARGROVE, 37, of Henderson, North Carolina, to 40 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Retaliating Against a Witness and Aiding and Abetting; and for Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Cocaine.

On October 5, 2012, HARGROVE participated in an assault on a federal witness who previously testified against persons convicted of gun crimes before Senior Judge James C. Fox.  HARGROVE and a co-defendant, who was tried and convicted by a jury in May, approached the federal witness at a convenience store in Henderson, NC, accused the witness of  being a “snitch” and proceeded to beat the witness.

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 prosecuted the case.



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