Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Stolen Firearm and Ammunication Charge
Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that JERMICHAEL LANARD REID, a/k/a “Ratchet,” age 19, of Rock Hill, South Carolina has entered a guilty plea in federal court. REID plead guilty to being in possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(j) and 924(a)(2). Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on April 3, 2013, at approximately 4:13 p.m., officers with the Rock Hill Department Street Crimes Unit were on patrol when they observed REID standing on a street corner. Officers had received information the evening before that REID, a prohibited felon and known gang member, was in possession of a .22 caliber handgun. As officers approached, REID ran and officers gave chase. REID was apprehended and the firearm, a loaded Rohm .22 caliber handgun, was recovered along the path REID ran. Investigation revealed that REID had stolen the loaded firearm from another individual on the street. REID was charged with state charges for the firearm and later referred to federal authorities for prosecution as REID is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state felony convictions. REID has several prior state convictions for pointing and presenting a firearm (2 counts), unlawful carrying of weapon (2 counts), possession of firearm by person under 21 years old (2 counts), assault and battery 1st degree, and kidnapping.
REID faces a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 on the stolen firearm/ammunition charge. REID stipulated and agreed to imposition of the maximum sentence as part of his federal plea agreement.
The case was investigated by the Rock Hill Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.