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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chester Man and Former Outcast Biker Sentenced to 110 Months for Possession of Stolen Firearm

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Tommie Lee Causey, Jr. was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for possession of a stolen firearm in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(j).  United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie, of Columbia, sentenced Causey to 110 months incarceration, followed by a term of supervised release of three (3) years.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on August 18, 2016, Chester City Police officers responded to a 911 call wherein the caller indicated Causey had brandished a firearm.  When officers arrived, they observed Causey riding in a white car that had been described by the caller.  Officers asked Causey to step out of the vehicle and then searched the vehicle after asking the driver for consent.  The officers located a Springfield, .45 caliber pistol hidden underneath the seat that Causey was sitting in.  The FBI and ATF determined that the firearm had been reported stolen out of Lancaster County in 2015.  At his change of plea hearing, Causey admitted that he knowingly possessed the stolen .45 caliber handgun prior to being arrested on August 18, 2016. 

Evidence presented at the sentencing hearing today established that Causey's prior record includes multiple convictions for distribution of cocaine, which occurred in 1995, and a conviction for voluntary manslaughter, which occurred in 1997.  While sentencing the defendant, the Court noted the Defendant’s history of being involved in violence, including his membership in the Outcast Motorcycle Club.

The case was investigated by Chester Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.  Assistant United States Attorney JD Rowell of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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JD Rowell (803) 929-3000
Updated July 11, 2017