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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wilson Man Sentenced For Federal Firearm Violation

NEW BERN – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that yesterday in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced KENNETH RAY CANADY , 49, of Wilson to 94 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

CANADY was named in an Indictment filed on April 24, 2012 charging him with one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Quanitity of Cocaine Base in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 922(g)(1) and 924.  On November 16, 2012, CANADY pled guilty to the Felon in Possession of a Firearm charge. 

According to the investigation, an officer from the Wilson Police Department conducted a traffic stop on January 19, 2011 of a vehicle being driven by CANADY.  A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 6.7 grams of cocaine base, a .38 caliber revolver, and $5,298 in U.S. currency.  CANADY was previously convicted of a felony and he is prohibited from possessing a 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.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted the case for the government.

Updated July 14, 2015