Gang Member Sentenced to 130 Months for Firearm and Drug Charges
Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that JADARYL ANDREW HINTON, a/k/a “Young G,” age 23, of Rock Hill, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court. HINTON was sentenced to 130 months (10.8 years) imprisonment with 4 years of supervised release to follow on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2) and Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(D). Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Columbia accepted the guilty plea and imposed the sentence.
Evidence presented at the earlier change of plea hearing established that on February 10, 2012, at approximately 9:51 p.m., an officer with the Rock Hill Department observed a vehicle traveling down Cherry Road with no highlights and then make an improper turn. A traffic stop was initiated. A search of the backseat passenger revealed a loaded firearm and baggies of marijuana. A search of HINTON, the front seat passenger, revealed a stolen, loaded Hi-Point .45 caliber handgun in his waistband, along with 19 baggies of marijuana in his front pants pocket. Both were charged with state charges for the firearms and marijuana. The backseat passenger’s case was handled in state court as he was not a prohibited felon.
HINTON, a known gang member, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state felony convictions. HINTON, deemed a career offender by the federal court, has several prior state convictions, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within the proximity of a school, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within the proximity of a park.
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.