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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Columbia Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Johnny Willie Jones,  age 30, of Columbia, South Carolina was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia for felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, of Columbia, sentenced Jones to 84 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised probation.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on January 31, 2016, Jones was involved in a verbal altercation at a halfway house in Columbia. Under the rules of the halfway house, females are not allowed in the males’ rooms.  The manager of the home confronted Jones about having a female in his room.  A verbal altercation turned physical between Jones, the manager and her daughter.  After it became physical, Jones stated, “I got something for you” and went up to his room and retrieved a sawed off shotgun, went back downstairs and shot in the direction of the two females.  Both females were unharmed.  Jones then left the halfway house after the police were called.  The police found the shotgun in a lot behind the house.  Jones fled the scene and was arrested in Arizona.  Jones had previously been convicted of kidnapping and two (2) counts of armed robbery and, therefore, was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Columbia Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.

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Firearms Offenses
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Lance Crick (864) 282-2105
Updated May 25, 2017