Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge
Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that MICHAEL RELL OSBORNE, age 44, of Columbia, South Carolina pled guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court. OSBORNE plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he 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 March 20, 2011, officers with the Columbia Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at an apartment on Marlboro Street. Officers arrested OSBORNE at the scene and charged him with local charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. OSBORNE bonded out of state court later that day and that evening the woman involved in the earlier domestic disturbance called police after learning that OSBORNE was seen back in the area of her residence. Officers responded to the scene and in the early morning hours of March 21, 2011, they located OSBORNE sitting alone in a car on River Drive. Officers asked OSBORNE to step out of the car and a patdown search of OSBORNE revealed a loaded Astra .40 caliber firearm in his front pants pocket.
OSBORNE is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state felony convictions and upon a prior federal conviction for being in possession of a firearm. OSBORNE has prior state convictions for burglary 2nd degree (2 counts), grand larceny, and criminal domestic violence. In 2006, OSBORNE was previously convicted federally of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. OSBORNE was found in possession of the current firearm and ammunition four days after his previous federal supervised release ended.
OSBORNE faces a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 on the felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge.
The case was investigated by the Columbia 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.