Rock Hill Bloods Gang Member Sentenced on Firearm Charge
Contact Person: Stacey Haynes (803) 929-3000Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that D’VARIO RISHAD CROCKER, age 24, of Rock Hill, South Carolina was sentenced today to 21 months imprisonment in federal court. CROCKER previously 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). Chief United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Columbia imposed the sentence, which will be followed by 3 years of supervised release.
Evidence presented at the May 2013 change of plea hearing established that on February 2, 2012, at approximately 9:03 p.m., officers with the Rock Hill Department responded to a residence on Simril Street while looking for a fugitive on an outstanding state warrant. Officers observed a number of known gang members in the front yard. Due to recent gang violence coupled with the actions taken by the individuals in the yard, officers conducted patdowns of those individuals for officer safety. A patdown search of CROCKER revealed a stolen, loaded Hi-Point .40 caliber handgun in his waistband. CROCKER was charged with state charges for the firearm and later referred to federal authorities for prosecution.
CROCKER, an admitted Bloods gang member, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon his prior state felony convictions. CROCKER has prior state adult convictions for burglary 2nd degree and possession of stolen motor vehicle. Crocker was on state parole at the time of the firearm offense.
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.