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Midlands Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Possessing a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina
Loaded rifle seized after Irmo PD responded to a domestic dispute

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Michael Jones, age 59, formerly of Irmo, South Carolina has been sentenced in federal court in Columbia, for felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).  United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Jones to 21 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on July 8, 2015, the Irmo Police Department responded to a domestic dispute.  Upon arriving at the scene, a woman informed the officers that her husband, Jones, was trying to cut her grandson.  The younger male, who was standing on the front stoop of the house, informed the officers that his grandfather was trying to cut him with a piece of glass.   They told the officers that Jones was in the back bedroom.  Through the open front door, the officers repeatedly asked Jones to come outside, to which there was no response.   The officers entered the home through a side door.  They saw a closed doorway at the end of the hallway.  Again, the officers repeatedly asked Jones to come out of the room, which Jones refused. 

Other officers arrived and Jones partially opened the door with the left side of his body concealed by the door.   From his position, one officer was able to see that Jones had a rifle with a brown stock and a black barrel in his hand, with his finger on the trigger guard.  The officer deployed his Taser hitting Jones who fell to the floor, but was able to stand up and pointed the gun at the officers.  The officers fired their weapons and Jones was struck multiple times. 

Upon entering the room, the officers located a .22 caliber Remington rifle loaded with .22 caliber ammunition lying next to Jones.  At the time of this incident, Jones had been previously convicted of two counts of common law robbery, which prevented him from possessing a firearm.

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Irmo Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney William K. Witherspoon of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.  This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.



Lance Crick (864) 282-2105

Updated November 15, 2017

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