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Felon From Longs Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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

Florence, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Glendell Long, a/k/a “Okera Uzoma,” age 46, of Longs, South Carolina, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in October 2018 to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence presented in court established that during the early morning hours of March 24, 2018, officers with the Horry County Police Department responded to a shooting incident at an unlicensed club in Longs.  Long lived at a residence on the property but also owned and operated the unlicensed club located at the address.  When police arrived, they observed several surveillance cameras around the property.  After receiving consent to review the video footage, law enforcement saw Long carrying an American Tactical Imports Omni Hybrid Assault Rifle into the residence.  The assault rifle was later found hidden in the wall of Long’s residence.  Law enforcement also observed Long remove what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and located a .22 caliber rifle with a sawed-off barrel in the office area of the liquor house.

Federal law prohibits Long from possessing a firearm, and this is not the first time Long has been convicted of unlawfully possessing a gun.  After being convicted in state court of assault and battery with intent to kill in 1992, Long was federally prosecuted and convicted in 2003 for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Long was later convicted in 2010 in state court for the unlawful carrying of a pistol.

United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell, of Florence, accepted Long’s guilty plea and sentenced him to 46 months in federal prison, followed by three years of court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Taylor and Justin Holloway prosecuted the case.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Horry County Police Department.  It 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 February 26, 2019

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