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Georgetown Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison on Gun Charge

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

Florence, South Carolina --- Julius Antwan Hicks, Jr., 38, of Georgetown has been sentenced to 5 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on June 11, 2020, the Myrtle Beach Police Department executed a search warrant at Hicks’s residence in Myrtle Beach.  During the search, officers located a firearm with an extended magazine and rounds of ammunition in one of the bedrooms.  Hicks is prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition due to his prior convictions for Distribution of Crack Cocaine 1st Offense and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana 1st Offense.   

United States District Judge Sherri A. Lydon sentenced Hicks to 60 months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Myrtle Beach 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 Lauren Hummel prosecuted the case.



Derek A. Shoemake (843) 813-0982

Updated May 3, 2022

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