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Tillis Co-Sponsors Legislation To Increase Penalties For Robbing Gun Stores PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 July 2021 10:38
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Protection Act of 2021 to address the rapid increase in the number of “smash-and-grab” thefts targeted at federally licensed gun dealers.
“Protecting Second Amendment rights is always a top priority of mine. It’s important that we protect gun shops from those who target their store and that we protect every citizen from illegal guns on the streets,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation will enhance criminal penalties for those who steal a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer. I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, and am working to ensure that law-abiding North Carolinians are safe from firearm theft.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reported a 43 percent increase in the number of FFL burglaries and a 15 percent decrease in the number of FFL robberies from 2019 to 2020. While the number of robberies decreased, the number of firearms taken during robberies increased by 53 percent. In 2020, 6,269 firearms were taken in nationwide FFL burglaries and robberies. Of those, 165 firearms were stolen from FFLs in South Carolina.
The FFL Protection Act of 2021:
Increases the statutory maximum penalty for knowingly stealing any firearm in an FFL’s business inventory from 10 to 20 years.
Imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 years for robbery from an FFL.
Criminalizes the attempted theft of a firearm from a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector.
Ft. Bragg Consolidated Into One Federal Judicial District PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 09:34
Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman, and Representative Deborah Ross (NC-02), along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) has been signed into law by President Joe Biden. The legislation which consolidates Fort Bragg into one federal judicial district - the Eastern District of North Carolina - passed in the Senate on June 17, 2021 and in the House on June 23. 
"This commonsense legislation will help families at Fort Bragg by allowing all court cases stemming from the base to be heard in the Eastern District's courthouse in nearby Fayetteville," said Rep. Hudson. "As Fort Bragg's Congressman, I appreciate the leadership and support of Congresswoman Ross, Senators Burr and Tillis, and my colleagues on this bipartisan bill." 
Fort Bragg spans across six North Carolina counties: Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Scotland, and Richmond. Cumberland and Harnett are located in the Eastern District, while the other four counties are in the Middle District. Depending on where on Fort Bragg an infraction occurred, an individual would be required to appear in court 20 minutes away or up to 2 hours away. A similar redistricting occurred several years ago when Congress moved FCI Butner into the Eastern District.
"Consolidating Fort Bragg into one judicial district is commonsense for North Carolinians. This legislation will ease the burden of traveling miles to Durham, Greensboro, or Winston-Salem to resolve court matters and instead have the opportunity to be resolved in nearby Fayetteville," Congresswoman Ross said. "This is a no-brainer, bipartisan piece of legislation and I’m honored to work with my North Carolina colleagues – Congressman Hudson, Senators Tillis and Burr, and the entire delegation – to get this across the finish line." 
"North Carolina is the proud home of Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world based on population, which spans six North Carolina counties. The current judicial district boundaries split the base into two districts, resulting in some defendants being required to travel to Durham, Greensboro, or Winston-Salem to appear in court," said Senator Tillis. "This bipartisan legislation is a commonsense fix that will ensure all of Fort Bragg is included in the Eastern District to improve court operations and reduce hardship for defendants. I am proud to co-lead this legislation with Senator Burr and Representatives Ross and Hudson and applaud the entire North Carolina delegation for working together to get this legislation signed into law." 
"Since Fort Bragg spans across six counties, its judicial district boundaries are split into two," said Senator Burr. "This creates numerous logistical issues for North Carolina’s district courts and travel hardships. By consolidating Fort Bragg’s judicial district into one we will alleviate some of the confusion for service members and their families located at Fort Bragg. I applaud the bipartisan work to get this commonsense initiative across the finish line." 
Arsonist Sentenced For Attempting To Set Fire To Police Vehicle PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 July 2021 16:55



RALEIGH, N.C. – A Raleigh man was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment today for attempting to set fire to a marked police vehicle in Raleigh after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mikwan Domell Garfield of Raleigh, was arrested by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) on October 22, 2020 and was charged with one count of attempting to damage or destroy by fire a vehicle owned or possessed by an institution receiving federal financial assistance. Garfield pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States.

According to court documents, on  May 31, 2020, at approximately 12:31 a.m. a fire was discovered coming from the fuel filler area of a police vehicle owned by the Raleigh Police Department (RPD), that was parked at the Raleigh Police Southeast District Station (RPSDS) in Raleigh.  The fire was discovered and extinguished by an RPD Captain who was driving through the parking lot prior to the fire departments arrival.   The fire caused approximately $5,000 in damage to the police vehicle.  Investigators seized a charred sock located within the fuel filler of the damaged vehicle, a bottle with the odor of gasoline was located on the sidewalk, behind the damaged vehicle, and another charred sock located between the vehicle and the sidewalk.

On June 2, 2020, investigators were notified that a fingerprint was lifted from the seized bottle recovered at the scene and determined the fingerprint belonged to Garfield’s co-defendant, Jabari Davis, who was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment on March 15, 2021.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Raleigh Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel W. Smith  prosecuted the case.

Ex-Ft. Bragg Soldier Sentenced For Marriage Fraud And Conspiracy PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:47

An ex-soldier from Fayetteville was sentenced today to 44 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release.  On August 18, 2020, Ebenezer Yeboah Asane, a/k/a “Ben” pled guilty to marriage fraud and conspiracy.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Asane, 37, operating from Fort Bragg and his home in Fayetteville, planned and organized the sham marriages of several foreign nationals from Ghana to U.S. Army soldiers based at Fort Bragg.  The purpose of the conspiracy was for the foreign-born nationals to evade U.S. immigration laws and obtain lawful permanent residence status and for the soldiers to receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to live off post, as opposed to the barracks. 

Asane recruited additional soldiers into the fraudulent scheme to orchestrate photographs to give the appearance the marriages were legitimate and to submit false statements to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in support of the sham marriages.  Once charged, Asane also attempted to obstruct justice by asking a witness he knew had been called to testify to lie under oath.    

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina  made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The investigation of these cases is ongoing and being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Criminal Investigation Division at Fort Bragg and the EDNC Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel Diaz  prosecuted the case.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:49

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