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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dunn Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession Charge

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, BRANDON LEE OGLESBY, of Dunn, North Carolina, was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

OGLESBY was named in an Indictment on September 8, 2017 charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  On November 13, 2017, OGLESBY pled guilty to that charge and was sentenced in the United States District Court today.

On December 12, 2016, an officer with the Dunn Police Department, was looking for OGLESBY, to serve felony arrest warrants out of Sampson County, North Carolina, when he observed OGLESBY’S truck at a gas station in Dunn.  The officer entered the store and placed OGLESBY under arrest.  OGLESBY was told his truck needed to be moved because it was blocking the gas pumps; however, OGLESBY informed the officer the keys were locked inside the truck.  The officer found the driver’s door of OGLESBY’S truck unlocked and opened it to find, in plain view, a .30-06 caliber rifle, which was loaded with a round chambered.  

Prior to federal indictment, on July 6, 2017, OGLESBY pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Felon in Johnston County Superior Court.  OGLESBY, a convicted felon, unlawfully possessed three firearms between December 12, 2016, and February 5, 2017.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Dunn Police Department, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette handled the prosecution of this case for the government. 

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated March 21, 2018