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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Wyoming
Nicholas Vassallo, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

South Carolina Man Arraigned on Firearm Offenses

Acting United States Attorney Nicholas Vassallo announced today that CHRISTOPHER RAY EDWARDS, age 37, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition and possessing a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Edwards appeared for an arraignment hearing on August 3, 2022, before Federal District Court Magistrate Judge Kelly H. Rankin and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial has been set for October 3, 2022.

Edwards faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, up to a $500,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This crime is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy J. Forwood is prosecuting the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Case No. 22-CR-00054-ABJ

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