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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Georgia

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For Immediate Release

March 7, 2011

Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney

Contact: James D. Durham, First Assistant United States Attorney
(912) 201-2547

Augusta Man Sentenced to 225 Months Imprisonment for Being a Career Criminal in Possession of a Firearm

AUGUSTA, GA: Bobby Lee Roberson, 44, of Hephzibah, Georgia, was sentenced today before United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 225 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Roberson was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, which requires those who have at least three previous convictions for violent felonies or serious drug offenses be imprisoned for at least 15 years.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, This case is one of several hundred brought by the United States Attorney’s Office’s Project Ceasefire initiative, a program devoted to reducing gun violence by prosecuting individuals with prior felony convictions who are found in possession of firearms. Project Ceasefire is responsible for removing violent felons and drug dealers from our communities.

Evidence presented during today’s sentencing hearing showed that Roberson was involved in a February 18, 2008 shooting in the West Lake neighborhood of Martinez, Georgia and then evaded law enforcement officials until he was arrested on July 27, 2009. At the conclusion of today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Hall remarked that Roberson’s criminal history, which includes five burglary convictions, shows his disregard for people and property.

In addition to his prison sentence, Roberson was ordered to serve five years of supervised release after he is released from prison. Tarver noted that there is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney Tarver recognized the efforts of United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agents in investigating this case and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents in leading the federal efforts to apprehend Roberson while he was a fugitive.

Assistant United States Attorney David Stewart prosecuted the case. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

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