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Henderson Man Gets 21 Years In Prison For Crime Spree, Shooting Of Raleigh Police Officer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 October 2021 17:00

A Henderson man was sentenced yesterday to 252 months in prison for carjacking and aiding and abetting, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possession of stolen firearms.  On March 10, 2020, Cedric Jamal Kearney, 26, pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on January 4, 2019, Kearney and a co-defendant, Sherry Marie Richmond, robbed a Raleigh man of his car keys and cellphone at gunpoint. The crime spree continued on January 9, 2019 as Kearney and other co-defendants broke into a Holly Springs, NC apartment and stole several firearms and pairs of shoes. Finally, later that night on January 9, 2019, the Raleigh Police Department responded to a reported sighting of the stolen vehicle in the area of Shaub Drive and Teakwood Place. 

Upon arrival, the officers witnessed Kearney and another man attempting to get inside of the stolen vehicle. Officers gave out commands to the men and while one complied, Kearney fired shots at the officers and fled on foot. Kearney shot Raleigh Police Officer Charlie Ainsworth two times. Ainsworth had to be rushed to WakeMed hospital with life threatening injuries, but ultimately survived. Body Camera surveillance captured the harrowing incident in its entirety.  Kearney was found several hours later in a shed of a nearby homeowner; still in possession of the gun used to shot Officer Ainsworth.  Kearney had one prior conviction for reckless driving out of Virginia.

“Today was a good day for both the Ainsworth family and the justice system. The Court sent a very clear message that these type of assaults on law enforcement simply will not be tolerated,” Acting U.S. Attorney Acker said of Judge Flanagan’s sentencing.

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 Raleigh Police Department investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys  Brandon Boykin and Daniel Smith prosecuted the case.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 October 2021 17:06
 
Raleigh Woman Sentenced For Helping Ex-Husband Sexually Exploit A Minor PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 September 2021 10:21
Kellie Michelle Smith, 43, of Raleigh, was sentenced today to 68 months in prison for possession of child pornography.  Smith pled guilty to a single-count Criminal Information on June 22, 2020.   
 
According to court records and statements made during hearings, in October 2018, the Cary Police Department was conducting an investigation of online peer-to-peer child pornography distribution.  They identified an IP address from which they were able to download a large amount of child pornography and tracked that IP address to the Raleigh residence of Stephan Grimes.  
 
Homeland Security, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, and US Marshals executed a search warrant on February 20, 2019.  Grimes was interviewed and admitted to downloading child pornography.  An on-site forensic preview of a computer also revealed multiple explicit images of a young girl.  Grimes identified the girl and initially claimed that she was 18 years old.  He stated that the co-defendant Kellie Smith, his girlfriend to whom he had previously been married, was also present when the photos images were produced.  Agents noted wall mounted surveillance cameras in the living room and bedroom that appeared to have been used to produce the images.  Agents seized a computer, hard drives, and a USB drive.  
 
Law enforcement identified and interviewed the young girl from the images.  She stated that she had met Grimes when she was 16.  Grimes later made sexual advances, which eventually resulted in the illegal activity.  
exual abuse material, the great majority depicting the victim when she was 17 years old.  Two long videos were taken in Grimes’ and Smith’s home using the dual wall-mounted cameras, with a simultaneous view in split screen.  
 
Evidence demonstrated that Smith was involved in some sexual encounters including the minor victim, of which photos were taken.
Co-defendant Stephan Grimes pled guilty on September 14, 2021, to one count of manufacture of child pornography.  He is scheduled to be sentenced during the court’s January 11, 2022, term of court.  
 
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 Wake County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake D. Pugh prosecuted the case.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2021 10:35
 
Rocky Mount Gang Member Gets 14-Years In Federal Prison For Armed Robbery PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 September 2021 16:32

A Rocky Mount man was sentenced yesterday to 168 months in prison for armed robbery and brandishing a firearm in connection to a crime of violence.  On June 16, 2021, Dexter Jamal Williams pled guilty to the charges.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Williams, 23, and his co-defendants, Arafat Alzer and Bashar Hroub, committed an armed robbery at the Royal Eco Marketing Company in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 4, 2019. During the robbery, the defendants duct-taped the store manager to a chair, and repeatedly pistol-whipped and assaulted him before stealing over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the business. Video surveillance from the parking lot of the business shows Williams and Alzer leaving the scene in Alzer’s Toyota Camry, and Hroub leaving in his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. As the defendants were leaving the scene, an employee of the business is observed firing multiple rounds from a gun at the two vehicles, striking both the Camry and the Silverado. Following the robbery, Alzer and Williams discarded Alzer’s vehicle in a parking lot in Raleigh and returned to Rocky Mount. When Raleigh Police responded to the vehicle, they recovered Alzer’s identification card and vehicle registration. Later that day, Williams checked into Nash General Hospital to receive treatment for his gunshot wound, and Alzer and Hroub traveled back to Raleigh to hide Williams’ firearm at Hroub’s girlfriend’s residence. On December 11, 2019, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at this residence and recovered the firearm.

Arafat Alzer pled guilty to Interference With Commerce by Robbery and Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime or a Crime of Violence; and Aiding and Abetting on July 28, 2020 and was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment on September 3, 2021.  Bashar Hroub pled guilty to Interference With Commerce by Robbery and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon on July 23, 2021 and is awaiting sentencing.

On February 11, 2020, officers with the Rocky Mount Police Department executed a search warrant at Williams’ residence, and recovered 688 grams of marijuana and a .40 caliber handgun. On May 12, 2020, Rocky Mount Police responded to a shooting at a residential location. There, they encountered Williams, who was in possession of a stolen .9mm handgun.

Acting U.S. Attorney Acker commented: “The United States Justice Department and the United States Attorney’s Office are aggressively pursuing violent offenders and gang members.  This sentence is part of our efforts to “Take Back North Carolina” from those who wish to bring harm to the citizens of the Eastern District of North Carolina.”

“ATF remains committed to protecting lives and property against violent gun crime,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Vince Pallozzi. “Our federal and local law enforcement agencies put together a very comprehensive investigation and stopped a serious threat to our communities. This arrest and conviction absolutely makes our community safer.”

 

“Our mission here at the Rocky Mount Police Department is to improve the quality of life in the city of Rocky Mount by building partnerships to reduce crime,” commented Rocky Mount Police Chief Robert Hassell. “We value our partnership with our Federal Law Enforcement agencies, who assist us in creating a safe environment for all citizens who reside and visit Rocky Mount, NC. The Rocky Mount Police Department will continue to work with Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies while providing the highest level of police services.”

 

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II.  The Raleigh Police Department, the Rocky Mount Police Department, and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh  prosecuted the case.

 
Duplin County Drug Dealer Gets 24 Years In Federal Prison PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 September 2021 16:35
Jeremy Cline, 36, of Duplin County, North Carolina, was sentenced to 288 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. 
 
According to court documents, evidence presented in court, and other documents, on July 28, 2019, Cline and his girlfriend were stopped by a Sampson County Sheriff’s Deputy for a traffic violation in Clinton, North Carolina. Cline provided the deputy with a false name during the traffic stop.  A records check determined that this person had an outstanding order for arrest. When questioned by law enforcement, Cline admitted that he had given a false name.  Cline also had an order for arrest.  A search of the car led to the discovery of more than 10 grams of methamphetamine. 
 
On October 1, 2019, a Sampson County Sheriff’s Deputy observed Cline speeding on a motorcycle and attempted to stop him.  Cline did not stop and drove through a four way stop and flashing red light in the town of Roseboro. Cline lost control of his motorcycle, wrecked it, and then fled on foot.  Cline was ultimately apprehended in the woods.  Cline had more than $1,800 on his person.  Following an interview of Cline at a later date, law enforcement found that Cline had hidden 3 ounces of methamphetamine and a .40 caliber handgun that he later retrieved.   On October 16, 2019, undercover Duplin County Narcotic Detectives ordered 3 ounces of methamphetamine from Cline. 
 
 Subsequently, Cline and his girlfriend were stopped and arrested in the area of Norwood Street in Wallace.  Law enforcement recovered the methamphetamine on the floorboard.  On June 28, 2021, while Cline was awaiting sentencing in this case, a New Hanover County Detention Officer intercepted a letter that was addressed to Cline.  A test of the letter revealed that it had been soaked in LSD.
 
During the investigation, law enforcement was able to determine that Cline was responsible for possessing with the intent to distribute and distributing 30 kilograms of methamphetamine.  Cline had prior convictions for felony burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
This is part of operation Fighting Jelly Fish which is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launders, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
 
G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Duplin, New Hanover and Sampson County Sheriff’s Offices investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo  prosecuted the case.
 
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