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Anderson Man Sentenced to Over 8 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that  Clyde Allen Williams, 33, of Anderson, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Anderson for being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Court Judge Timothy Cain of Anderson accepted Williams’ guilty plea and sentenced him to 100 months in federal prison, to be followed by court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on March 9, 2017, Williams was the driver of a car traveling at 96 mph in a 45 mph zone in the city of Anderson, SC. An Anderson City Police Officer stopped the car and, while speaking to Williams, observed the bottom of a pistol magazine sticking out of Williams' pocket.  The officer removed a loaded .380 caliber pistol from Williams’ pocket.  A subsequent search of the car revealed approximately 84 grams of marijuana.  Federal law prohibits Williams from possessing firearms due to his prior criminal record. 

The Anderson City Police Department along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case.  Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office prosecuted the case.  

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Project CeaseFire is South Carolina’s implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.



Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated December 18, 2018

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