North Carolina man who held branch manager hostage faces federal charges

Kevin Lailiberte said he wanted to go to federal prison. His wish will likely come true.

In September, a North Carolina man walked into a branch of the $40.8 billion State Employees Credit Union, drew two semi-automatic pistols and held the branch manager hostage.

But Kevin Francis Lailiberte didn’t demand cash. Instead, he told the branch manager he was holding him hostage because Lailberte wanted to go to federal prison, according to new court documents filed by federal prosecutors on Dec. 27 in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C.

Lailiberte may get his wish.

A North Carolina federal grand jury indicted Lailberte for possessing a firearm as a felon. Lailiberte had been barred from owning a firearm since his 1991 conviction for manslaughter, for which he was sentenced to ten years in prison.


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