Federal Jury Finds Greenville Man Guilty in Firearms Trial
Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake announced today that a jury returned a guilty verdict following a two-day jury trial in federal court in Greenville, South Carolina, finding Harvest Maurice Sloan, age 38, of Greenville, guilty of possession by a firearm and ammunition by a felon. The trial wrapped up yesterday afternoon and was held before United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, of Columbia. Judge Lewis will impose a sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.
The government presented multiple witnesses during the course of the trial. Witness testimony and the evidence presented by the government at trial established that on April 25, 2017, a Greenville police officer encountered the defendant, Harvest Maurice Sloan, at a car while the officer was investigating a stolen vehicle report. During a search of the car police located a backpack containing a loaded Ruger 9mm pistol, along with additional 9mm ammunition from the front seat area of the car.
A special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) retrieved calls made by Harvest Maurice Sloan from the Greenville County jail that contained conversations relating to the pistol recovered by police.
The case was investigated by the Greenville Police Department, the Greenville County Forensic Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen prosecuted the case.