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Man gets 25-year sentence on federal weapons charges

Posted July 8, 2010 5:07 p.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2010 5:11 p.m. EDT

— 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.