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Raleigh Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prisons For Drug and Firearm Crimes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:03
RALEIGH – United States District James C. Dever III sentenced Steven William Nowell a/k/a “Shoota,” 28, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 180 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release
Nowell  was charged in a three-count Indictment that was issued by the grand jury for the Eastern District of North Carolina on January 10, 2018. The indictment charged him with two counts of distribution and possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (crack) and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. On July 9, 2018, Nowell pled guilty to one count of distribution and possession with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base (crack) and possession of a firearm by a felon.
In June of 2016, the Raleigh Police Department conducted controlled purchases of cocaine base (crack) from Nowell on Bragg Street in Raleigh. On October 27, 2017, a Garner Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Nowell. He then jumped and ran from the vehicle, and he was observed placing his hands on his waist as if he was carrying a weapon. NOWELL was later found in a nearby wooded area. A subsequent search was conducted of that area, and a .40 caliber handgun was located, along with marijuana and NOWELL’s jacket.
This case was brought by the United States Attorney’s Office through partnerships with the Raleigh Police Department, Garner Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Scott A. Lemmon.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 14:06
Fayetteville Man Gets 12 Years In Federal Prison For Trafficking In Firearms PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:40
Truman  Davis, 32, of Fayetteville, was sentenced by United States Senior District Malcolm J. Howard for possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon and trafficking in firearms. Judge Howard sentenced DAVIS to 144 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.
Davis  was charged in a six-count indictment on December 12, 2017, and pled guilty to two counts on April 9, 2018.
Between July 18 and October 9, 2017, DAVIS sold six firearms to a confidential informant believing that those firearms would be resold to drug dealers.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Fayetteville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:45
84-Year Old Man Committed To U.S. Attorney General As Dangerous Sex Offender PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 October 2018 08:40
Jack Louis Sporich, 84, has been committed to the custody of the United States Attorney General as a sexually dangerous person. Sporich is the oldest sex offender to be committed under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006
Sporich has a long history of sexually molesting children and was once considered one of California’s most dangerous sex offenders. His first known sexual offense occurred in 1966. Over the course of the next 50 years – and despite a lengthy prison sentence, a term of state parole, and an involuntary commitment in a state hospital – Sporich molested children as young as five years old. Even in his seventies, Sporich traveled to Cambodia, where he enticed children with money, toys, clothes, food, and other items, and then sexually molested them.
Evidence at trial demonstrated that Sporich  molested at least ten children iduring his lifetime.
In March 2017, and while Sporich was serving a federal prison sentence for his offenses in Cambodia. The United States certified him as a sexually dangerous person under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. Congress passed that Act in 2006 to provide another powerful legal mechanism for protecting the public from some of the most dangerous sexual offenders. The Act allows the United States to seek civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons who, because of a serious mental illness, abmnormality, or disorder, would have serious difficulty refraining from sexually violent conduct or child molestation.
The United States believed that SPORICH met every element of that definition. The Court agreed. On September 27, 2018, after a bench trial, Judge James C. Dever committed Sporich to the custody of the Attorney General as a sexually dangerous person. In doing so, Judge Dever explained that Sporich is not able to control his urges as they relate to children and continues to be sexually attracted to boys ages 8-12. Judge Dever noted that Sporich’s offense conduct spans much of his adult life and demonstrates extraordinary efforts to create an atmosphere in which he could molest young boys. 
“Jack Sporich is an unrelenting, unrepentant sexual predator,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon of Eastern District of North Carolina.  “He clearly could not
control his deviant sexual urges, and children the world over suffered for it. No more. Our children and our communities are safer with Sporich off the streets, and he can now get the treatment that he so desperately needs.”
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina litigates all Adam Walsh Act cases for the entire country. All sexually dangerous persons who are committed to federal custody are housed in a federal facility in that district, where intensive, residential treatment is offered to them. SPORICH is the eightieth sexually dangerous person committed under the Adam Walsh Act.
Special Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Bredenberg and Genna Petre, and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Anderson, represented the government in this case.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2018 08:48
Feds Pass $1.68 Billion In Hurricane Florence Relief PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:06
Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina released the following statements regarding the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which includes $1.68 billion in disaster relief funding for North and South Carolina following Hurricane Florence:
“This funding is an important step on the long road to recovery for the thousands of North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence,” said Senator Burr. “With $1.14 billion allocated for North Carolina, and another $540 million for South Carolina, our constituents can start to rebuild their homes, businesses and livelihoods. I look forward to working with Governor Cooper and state and local officials to ensure this money is distributed quickly and efficiently to get North Carolina back on solid ground as soon as possible. This bill also includes a version of legislation I introduced that would require the Secretary of Transportation to develop minimum standards for service and emotional support animals for air travel. I look forward to working with the Transportation Department in order to successfully implement these needed reforms.”
“The inclusion of $1.68 billion in disaster belief funding, including our $1.14 billion request for North Carolina, is an important down payment to begin recovering from the devastation left behind from Hurricane Florence,” said Senator Tillis. “Federal assistance will be the key to North Carolina’s recovery over the coming months and years, and I will continue to work with the entire North Carolina Congressional delegation to ensure families have the resources needed to rebuild their homes and businesses and our great state can rebuild our infrastructure. I am also glad this legislation includes reforms to FEMA programs to expedite assistance for recipients of FEMA aid and simplify federal requirements for individuals and state, local, and Indian tribal governments. We must ensure North Carolinians receive assistance as soon as possible, and this legislation is a positive first step in a long road ahead.”
Background Information
Senators Burr and Tillis, along with the rest of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation, wrote to the president to request an expedited major disaster declaration as Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on September 14, 2018. The following week, North and South Carolina’s Senators joined together to write to appropriators to include the necessary funding to begin recovery efforts as soon as possible.
North Carolina’s Congressional Delegation letter to President Trump can be found here, and Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tim Scott’s (R-SC) letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders can be found here.

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