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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Carolina

For Immediate Release

January 18, 2013

Bill Nettles, United States Attorney

Contact: William K. Witherspoon
(803) 929-3000

Lancaster County Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Possession of a Gun

Columbia, South Carolina – United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Gary Davis, Jr., age 24, of Lancaster County, South Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced Davis to 15 years imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established on November 7, 2010, Davis failed to stop at the entry checkpoint of a housing complex in the City of Lancaster. The Crime Prevention Officer assigned to the checkpoint eventually stopped Davis to inquire why he was present at the complex. During the interview, the officer saw in plain view lying on the driver's side floorboard a firearm. Davis was detained and the Lancaster City Police were called. When the police arrived, they asked Davis for permission to search his car. He gave them permission. He then informed the police that there was a revolver on the floorboard of the vehicle and a bag of marijuana under his cell phone in the center console. The police went to the vehicle and saw the handgun lying on the floorboard. Davis was subsequently arrested.

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lancaster City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia office handled the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.