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Man gets 25-year sentence on federal weapons charges

Posted July 8, 2010

— A Fayetteville man received a 25-year prison sentence Thursday for federal weapons charges filed after a home invasion in which a 16-year-old was threatened at gunpoint.

Abdulah Asad Mujahid, 33, who is also known as Brian Steven Sweeney, pleaded guilty in March to possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Prosecutors said that Mujahid broke into a Clinton house on July 25, 2009. He found a 16-year-old boy hiding in a closet, calling 911. Mujahid pointed a gun at the boy and ordered him to call 911 back and say the intruder was a friend, prosecutors said.

The boy managed to escape to a bathroom, and Mujahid came outside once police arrived.

Inside, police found a loaded Bersa .380-caliber handgun on a table in the kitchen. Investigators said that Mujahid admitted to stealing the pistol during an earlier break-in in Cumberland County.

Prosecutors called described Mujahid as an "armed career criminal" who has 16 breaking-and-entering convictions.

State Department of Correction records show that under the name Sweeney, Mujahid has a criminal record dating to 1994 with convictions in Cumberland, Hoke, Sampson and Bladen counties.

He was released from prison in 2007 after serving eight years for convictions for breaking-and-entering and manufacturing or selling Teflon bullets. He also has convictions for common-law robbery, dealing drugs, larceny and burning personal property.


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  • davidbh61255 Jul 9, 2010

    We coddle these people way too much!! Rehabilitate?? Impossible!!

  • colliedave Jul 9, 2010

    I would love to know the recidivism rates in the days we had punishments such as chain gangs and pounding rocks in the hot Summer sun. The members of our military in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan have it worse than most inmates

  • didisaythat Jul 9, 2010

    Many of the families of criminals didn't feed or take care of the kid before they went to prison and you want them to start now that they are in prison. People complain about the judicial system not preventing crime, but then want more rights to criminals and want an innocent commission. How about cases where a suspect is found not guilty we form a guilty commission and spend extra time and money on one case to prove their guilt. I like that idea more than an innocence commmission. MORE RIHTS FOR THE VICTIMS. BRING BACK HARD LABOR.

  • Fisher Jul 9, 2010

    The jail needs to be a horrible place to be. If you make it uncomfortable maybe people will not want to return.

  • rebelde80 Jul 8, 2010

    Just goes to show that prison does not reform criminals. It is only a punishment/deterrent. He just got out of prison from an eight year sentence and less than two years later he is back at crime. We another system other than the current costly one. We will have to pay for the 25 years this man is in prison.

    Other countries require families to feed and care for their imprisoned relatives, Taiwan is an example. Maybe adopting a similar system here would put pressure on families to do better to help each other, since they would have to pay the consequences, too.

  • chevybelair57sd Jul 8, 2010

    What does it take to get a serious jail sentence in NC? this man has a history of violent crime dating back to 94

  • Mean Old Mom Jul 8, 2010

    The man has an interesting name, doesn't he?

  • saturn5 Jul 8, 2010

    john283594: "wait, teflon bullets are illegal?"


    NCGS § 14-34.3(a) It is unlawful for any person to import, manufacture, possess, store, transport, sell, offer to sell, purchase, offer to purchase, deliver or give to another, or acquire any teflon‑coated bullet.

  • Adelinthe Jul 8, 2010


    No more kid gloves.


    Thanking God he didn't hurt the boy.

    God bless.


  • john283594 Jul 8, 2010

    wait, teflon bullets are illegal?