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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Four Assistant United States Attorneys Honored By The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department At Annual “Chief's Awards ” Ceremony

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four Assistant United States Attorneys were honored today by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at the annual “Chief’s Awards” ceremony, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  The four were presented with the “Chief’s Award for Excellence in Policing” for the federal prosecution of significant criminal cases.  The ceremony was held at CMPD’s Police and Fire Training Academy.            

“I congratulate our four Assistant United States Attorneys for receiving this special recognition today,” said U.S. Attorney Rose.  “They are excellent prosecutors dedicated to the pursuit of justice and I want to thank each one for serving our district and the Department of Justice with distinction and integrity both in and out of the court room.” 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Gleason, Jennifer Dillon, Elizabeth Greene and William Miller were the four prosecutors recognized for their respective work on three federal prosecutions. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greene and Miller received the award for the ongoing prosecution of 37 MS-13 gang members, four of whom were convicted at trial in April 2016.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gleason and Dillon were recognized for their prosecution of Fathia Davis, who was sentenced in February 2016 to 10 years in prison in connection with a murder-for-hire plot against her ex-husband.  Ms. Dillon also received an award for the prosecution of the “Carlton-Wilson Group,” involving four defendants responsible for multiple break-ins, burglaries and illegal gun sales in the Charlotte area.   The defendants, Tory Vazquez, Brendan Penn, Dominic McDonald and Carlton Wilson, were sentenced to prison terms of up to 206 months for their crimes.

The United States Attorney's Office is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Western District of North Carolina. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Western District of North Carolina extends over 13,563.9 square miles and includes the state’s 32 westernmost counties.  

Updated May 19, 2016