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Greenville Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

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

Contact Person: Max Cauthen, II (864) 282-2100

Greenville, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Cornelius Trotoyal Wilson, age 38, of Greenville, South Carolina, pled guilty in Federal court in Greenville, South Carolina, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g). United States District Court Judge Bruce H. Hendricks of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Wilson faces a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

Evidence presented by the government during the plea established that on September 15, 2016, officers with the Simpsonville Police Department responded to a local motel based on a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival at the location, officers made contact with several individuals including Wilson.  During the investigation, officers recovered a loaded .25 caliber pistol from Wilson after he told the officers that he had a .25 caliber pistol in his pocket. 

Prior to that date, Wilson had previously been convicted of a crime for which he could have received more than a year in prison and agents confirmed that he had not received a pardon nor had his rights restored to possess firearms or ammunition. 

The Simpsonville Police Department along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen in the United States Attorney’s Office in Greenville.


Updated March 23, 2017

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