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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Carolina

For Immediate Release

May 21, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey D. Haynes
(803) 929-3000

Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that D’VARIO RISHAD CROCKER, age 24, of Rock Hill, South Carolina pled guilty today in federal court. CROCKER plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on February 2, 2012, at approximately 9:03 p.m., officers with the Rock Hill Department responded to a residence on Simril Street while looking for a fugitive on an outstanding state warrant. Officers observed a number of known gang members in the front yard. Due to recent gang violence coupled with the actions taken by the individuals in the yard, officers conducted patdowns of those individuals for officer safety. A patdown search of CROCKER revealed a stolen, loaded Hi–Point .40 caliber handgun in his waistband. CROCKER was charged with state charges for the firearm and later referred to federal authorities for prosecution.

CROCKER, a known gang member, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state felony convictions. CROCKER has prior state adult convictions for burglary 2nd degree, and possession of stolen motor vehicle.

CROCKER faces a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 on the felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge.

The case was investigated by the Rock Hill Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.