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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

Lee County Man Sentenced for Possessing a Firearm

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on January 26, 2011, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office responded to a shots-fired call at a home in Kershaw County. The home was occupied by a female acquaintance of Johnson and another male individual. Johnson came to the home around 4:00 a.m. and began to beat on the window. When he was denied entry into the home, he returned to his car and obtained a gun from his car. Johnson then fired the gun eight (8) times while standing outside of the home. One of the shots went through the home and into a back bedroom. The resident of the home gave police Johnson's name and description of the car he was driving. Officers spotted Johnson‘s car a short distance from the home. His car was searched and the officer found the gun in the car. Johnson was subsequently arrested and charged.

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and Kershaw County Sheriff‘s Office. 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.