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Ridgeland Man Sentenced to Federal Prison on Weapons Charges

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

Contact Person: Nick Bianchi (843) 727-4381

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Brandon James Williams, age 32, of Ridgeland, South Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  United States District Judge David C. Norton of Charleston sentenced Williams to six-years’ imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.


Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentencing hearings established that the Ridgeland Police Department was called to the Econo Lodge on James Taylor Drive to conduct a welfare check.  Upon arriving, officers made contact with Williams and another individual in one of the rooms and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room.  Upon executing a search warrant for the room, officers found a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun in a jacket belonging to Williams and a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun in a dresser drawer.  Williams has multiple prior felony convictions.  


The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Ridgeland Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.



Updated February 21, 2017

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