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Georgetown Man Gets Seven Years for Federal Gun Crime

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

Charleston, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Dewayne Hasan Davis, 29, of Georgetown, South Carolina, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

Evidence presented to the court showed that on January 9, 2018, Georgetown City Police arrested Davis on outstanding state warrants. A search of Davis—who was on probation at the time of his arrest—revealed a bag of heroin and a loaded .44 Magnum revolver that had recently been reported stolen. Federal law prohibits Davis from possessing firearms and ammunitions because of his numerous prior felony convictions, including for pointing and presenting a firearm at a person and distribution of cocaine.

United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel accepted Davis’ guilty plea and sentenced him to 84 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of court-ordered supervision.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Georgetown City Police. It was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Project CeaseFire is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, the Attorney General announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001. Assistant United States Attorney Chris Schoen of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.



Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated November 21, 2018

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