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Fuquay-Varina man sentenced as armed career criminal

Posted July 9, 2009

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— A 22-year-old Fuquay-Varina man got a 17-year prison sentence after a federal judge ruled that he is an armed career criminal.

U.S. District Judge James C. Dever enhanced Reginald Lee Milligan's sentence due to his "extensive criminal history," according to a release from U.S. Attorney George Holding. Five years' supervised release follows the prison term.

Milligan pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on April 6.

He was arrested June 8, 2008, after fleeing at up to 110 mph from a traffic stop for not having headlights on. A Fuquay-Varina police officer found a stolen, loaded Ruger 9 mm handgun and a small amount of marijuana in his car, prosecutors said.

“We are well pleased with the court’s sentence in this case," Holding said. "This defendant has a long history of serious crime, was found armed at the time of arrest and seriously endangered the police and public with his conduct. The community is safer upon the conviction and sentencing of this defendant.”

According to state Department of Correction records, Milligan's criminal history dates to 2003 and includes 11-month and 4-month prison sentences. His convictions include three for felony breaking-and-entering, three for felony larceny and three for selling or planning to sell drugs.

Milligan was sentenced as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a joint operation of federal, state and local agencies to target gun crime and repeat offenders.


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  • NCPictures Jul 10, 2009

    One down..... how many more to go?

  • Lead by Example Jul 10, 2009

    Thank God we have structured sentencing and habitual felon laws, finally this guy will be where he belongs.

  • Lindasue Jul 9, 2009

    Hopefully he will come to know the Lord while he is in prison. Only the Lord can make a difference in his life. Only the Lord can change him. We need to be praying for him.

  • djofraleigh Jul 9, 2009

    Well, a car thief, B&E, drugs, a gun man, with a long history and we don't know the juvenile history...a one man crime wave is locked up now. He was asking for it, and probably would ahve killed or been killed.

    I figure for every crime caught and convicted, there are a hundred gotten away with. F-V is safer place now.

    I would give odds that he was born to a woman who had her first child while a teen, father not in the home, and who himself was a trouble maker in school with bad grades, didn't graduate, and couldn't read well.

    For every ONE that fits, there are a THOUSAND whose mothers raised them into fine citizens.

  • awomnsptofview Jul 9, 2009

    He will be even worse. I sure would like to know his family history. Mama, Daddy, financial upbringing, etc. The point is, Was he raised with any regard for decency, fairplay, or values? It doesnt look like it. If more repeat offender were treated like this, crime would go down. Repeat offender have no respect or fear of the criminal justice system. Just be consistant with this type of sentencing.

  • 4lilboys Jul 9, 2009

    At 22, this kid has 4 misdemeanors & 11 felonies! He needs to be put away for a while with a record like that in such a short period of time (6 years). But, how will he be once he is released?