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Columbia Felon Sentenced to Three Years for Carrying Pistols While Out on Bond

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Columbia, South Carolina  United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Raheem Fitzgerald Bethel, age 27, of Columbia, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a term of imprisonment of 35 months in federal prison. On January 15, 2013, Bethel, a previously convicted felon who was on bond for attempted murder, was arrested by the Columbia Police Department with two pistols, one of which was stolen. After being released again on bond, Bethel was arrested on September 14, 2013 in possession of another stolen pistol.

Gaston Man Indicted for Being Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney’s Office announces today that Warren Dominque McDaniel, age 27, of Gaston, South Carolina was arrested today after being charged in a 2-count federal indictment. McDaniel was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). The maximum penalty McDaniel could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. The indictment stems from an April 14, 2014, shooting incident in Gaston and from a July 22, 2010, incident in Columbia.

Sumter Man Sentenced To Fifteen Years In Drug Trafficking And Firearm Case

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Columbia, South Carolina - United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Alvis Damon Williams, age 27, of Sumter, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, to a term of imprisonment of 180 months in federal prison. The defendant was convicted by a federal jury on February 18, 2014. Williams was sentenced for dealing in crack cocaine and cocaine (21 U.S.C. §841), possessing a firearm in furtherance of narcotics trafficking (18 U.S.C. §924(c)), and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon (18 U.S.C. §922(g)).

Columbia Gang Member Sentenced to Maximum 10 Years on Federal Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that MICHAEL JUAN SMITH, a/k/a “Flame,” a/k/a “Junior,” age 21, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) imprisonment today in federal court. Following the term of imprisonment, SMITH will be on federal supervised release for three (3) years. SMITH pled guilty on February 19, 2014, 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). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.

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Columbia Man Sentenced to Over 15 Years on Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Charles Tarron Carter, age 28, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court to 188 months (15.8 years) imprisonment, which will be followed by five (5) years of supervised release. The sentence stemmed from Carter’s earlier guilty plea 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(e).  Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie imposed the sentence. 

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that MARQUEL DAVON FOSTER, age 23, of Columbia, South Carolina has entered a guilty plea to making a false statement in the acquisition of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(2).  Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that RICHARD ARMBRE WILLIAMS, age 42, of Columbia, South Carolina has entered a guilty plea in federal court to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).  Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Six Sentenced for Robberies of Hotels & Pawn Shop

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RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that MARVIN ANTHONY BLANGO, 20, of Vanceboro, CLIFFORD EARL HORTON, III, 20, of Bayboro, ANTONIO RAY STEVENS, 24, of New Bern, DEMARCUS DEON DRIGGERS, 21, of Raleigh and DIQUAN ANTOINE BELL, 20, of Bayboro were each sentenced resulting from their earlier guilty pleas to robbery and firearms charges. The charges involved a string of robberies of hotels and a robbery of a federal firearm licensee in December 2012.

Rock Hill Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm And Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Clarence L. Rhodes, age 37, of Rock Hill, South Carolina pled guilty as charged today in federal court.  Rhodes 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), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).  United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Firearm And Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Javan Labrese Peele, age 22, of Rock Hill, South Carolina pled guilty as charged today in federal court.  Peele 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), 924(a)(2), and 924(e).  United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Columbia Man Sentenced to 15 Years on Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Jeremy Jonel Frazier, age 36, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced to 180 months (15 years) imprisonment today in federal court.  On February 19, 2014, Frazier 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(e).  United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr.

Charlotte Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Gerald Wayne Hairston to serve 120 months in prison for a federal firearms violation, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Hairston, 30, of Charlotte, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

Atlanta, GA. Man Sentenced To More Than 15 Years In Prison

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tommie Lee Williams, 43, of Atlanta, Ga. was sentenced on Monday, March 30, 2014 to serve 184 months in prison for federal firearms violations, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney also sentenced Williams to serve five years under court supervision following his prison term.

Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

Aynor Residents Plead Guilty to Fraud

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Columbia, South Carolina -- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Steven Mickey Bunker, age 47, of Aynor, South Carolina, and also of Shannon, North Carolina, pled guilty in federal court in Florence, to theft of government property, violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641, and conspiracy to make false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers when purchasing firearms, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.  Thomas Leon Martin, age 66, and Betty Jean Martin, age 74, of both of Aynor, South Carolina, pled guilty to conspiracy to make

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm and Ammunition Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that JEREMY JONEL FRAZIER, age 36, of Columbia, South Carolina pled guilty as charged today in federal court. FRAZIER 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), 924(a)(2), and 924(e). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose a sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Fast Food Restaurant Robbers Sentenced For Firearms Offenses

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RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that TREVIN MAURICE GIBSON of Greenville, MICHAEL RONDALE GIBSON of Greenville and DESHAUN ENTREA SPRUILL of Robersonville were each sentenced today resulting from their earlier guilty pleas to firearms charges.  The charges involved a string of robberies of fast food restaurants in and around Greenville from September 2011 through January 2012.  The robberies involved outlets of Bojangles, KFC, Subway, Burger King, McDonalds and Popeyes.

Five Sentenced in Connection with Cigarette Smuggling Ring Operating in North and South Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five of twelve conspirators charged with running a cigarette smuggling ring in North and South Carolina were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 on cigarette trafficking and money laundering charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The smuggling ring was uncovered over the course of "Operation Burn Notice," a multi-agency investigation into the interstate transport and sales of stolen property and money laundering in Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C. and Columbia, S.C.

Five Sentenced in Connection with Cigarette Smuggling Ring Operating in North and South Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five of twelve conspirators charged with running a cigarette smuggling ring in North and South Carolina were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 on cigarette trafficking and money laundering charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The smuggling ring was uncovered over the course of "Operation Burn Notice," a multi-agency investigation into the interstate transport and sales of stolen property and money laundering in Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C. and Columbia, S.C.

ATF Conducts Surge of Inspections of Federal Firearms Licensees

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC — The Charlotte Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is conducting the first of several “surges” of resources to a specific area to identify illegal firearms traffickers. ATF Special Agent in Charge, Wayne L. Dixie said, “The Cumberland County area licensed firearm’s dealers have been identified as an area of concern because North Carolina has long been a “source” state for guns being illegally trafficked to other states.

Columbia Man Sentenced to 158 Months for Being Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

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Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that MICHAEL ANGELO KARRISON, age 48, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced yesterday in federal court. Earlier this year, KARRISON 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(e). Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Columbia sentenced KARRISON to 158 months (13 years) imprisonment with five years of supervised release to follow the term of imprisonment.

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