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Man Sentenced in Federal Court to Ten Years for Gun Charge

November 26, 2012

Contact Person: Nathan Williams (843) 727-4381

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that BENJAMIN DEVON GOSS was sentenced to 120 months in United States District Court in Charleston.  The Honorable Richard M. Gergel presided.

Goss was convicted in August, 2011 following a three day jury trial. Testimony developed during trial showed that on October 4, 2010 Goss was spotted by Charleston Police Department Officer Carlos Torres, walking near Johnson St. and America St., with a handgun tucked into his waistband.  Upon seeing Goss with the gun, Officer Torres ordered Goss to stop, and Goss fled through a nearby apartment complex.  Officer Torres pursued on foot, and while fleeing, Goss discarded the handgun into a large set of bushes.  Officer Torres continued the foot pursuit, and with the assistance of other officers, was able to apprehend Goss.  The gun, a HiPoint .380, was later recovered where Officer Torres reported it dropped, and was found loaded with eight rounds. 

At trial, Goss presented several witnesses, including his brother, who claimed that he, in fact, dropped the gun that police had recovered, and claimed that the police had arrested the wrong individual. 

Goss was convicted under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition.  He faced up to ten years imprisonment, and received a maximum sentence.  At sentencing, Goss was found to have eleven prior felony convictions. 

            The case was investigated by the City of Charleston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Williams prosecuted the case.




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