Federal Jury Convicts Rocky Mount Man of Felon in Possession Charges
RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that last Friday evening, BAKARI MAURICE TEACHEY aka “Double R”, a Rocky Mount resident, was convicted in a three-day jury trial before Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt. The jury found TEACHEY guilty of 3-counts of Possession of a Firearm and/or Ammunition by a Convicted Felon.
The evidence at trial showed that TEACHEY pistol-whipped a man on May 9, 2017, at his estranged wife’s home, and the victim received medical treatment. Two days later, TEACHEY was found in possession of a stolen Ruger 9 mm pistol during a traffic stop by the Rocky Mount Police Department. On August 4, 2017, Rocky Mount Police Officers executed a search warrant on the home that TEACHEY shared with his fiancée. The officers located numerous firearms and ammunition including a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 rifle, a Century Arms 7.62x39 rifle, a Glock 9mm pistol with an extended magazine, a .357 Taurus revolver, and assorted ammunition including ammunition for the caliber of firearms recovered and other ammunition. TEACHEY is scheduled to be sentenced on June 4, 2018.
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 Rocky Mount Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette represented the government in this case.