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"Moe's Shooter" Enters Guilty Plea to Federal Firearms Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2013

Contact Person: Lance Crick (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney William N. Nettles, stated today that Anderson Crawford Waldrep, age 29, of Greenville, South Carolina, pled guilty this morning in federal court in Greenville, South Carolina, to felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1) . United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the pre-sentence report which will be prepared by the United States Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing this morning established that on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at approximately 4:03 a.m., officers with the Greenville City Police Department heard gunshots near a row of businesses at 2011 Augusta Street. Officers then observed an individual, later identified as Anderson Crawford Waldrep, running in front of the Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurant location in the aforementioned area. As officers ordered Waldrep to stop, they observed what they believed to be a gun in Waldrep’s hand. After a brief foot chase, police took Waldrep into custody and dislodged a handgun, later determined to be a .38 caliber revolver, from Waldrep’s hand. Officers located additional items from Waldrep’s person, to include a belt knife from his left hip, a Ruger 9mm pistol containing an empty magazine with the slide locked to the rear position, and a fully loaded pistol magazine containing 9mm ammunition.

Officers also observed multiple bullet holes in one of the front windows of Moe’s Southwest Grill Restaurant. Upon inquiry from the officers, Waldrep confirmed that he had discharged a firearm at the Moe’s Southwest Grill storefront.

Mr. Nettles stated that Waldrep is prohibited from the possession of firearms or ammunition and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, followed by a term of supervised release of three years.
The case was investigated by the Greenville City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). This prosecution was a part of Operation CeaseFire. CeaseFire is a joint local, state, and federal initiative which seeks to prosecute aggressively individuals who unlawfully use, possess, or transfer firearms. Assistant United States Attorney Lance Crick of the Greenville office handled the case.

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