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Fountain Inn Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison on Second Federal Gun Charge

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

Greenville, South Carolina ---  Dishannon Matthew Luther Workman, 28, of Fountain Inn, was sentenced to eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Evidence presented to the court showed that Workman, who was on supervised release for a prior federal gun conviction, was in possession of a .380 Ruger pistol and marijuana when he was stopped by an officer of the Fountain Inn Police Department on June 17, 2020. Workman was released on a state bond but was sought by federal authorities for violation of his supervised release. On October 8, 2020, Workman was located at a car wash and taken into custody following a brief struggle. The arresting officers discovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his pocket and additional marijuana in the trunk of his car.

Workman was detained without bond and pleaded guilty to an information charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks sentenced Workman to 96 months in federal prison to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

Workman’s criminal history includes prior state convictions for assault and battery, burglary, and larceny, as well as a prior federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Fountain Inn Police Department, and the Greenville Police Department.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local 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. Assistant United States Attorney Chris Schoen prosecuted the case.



Derek A. Shoemake (843) 813-0982

Updated October 21, 2022

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