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Simpsonville Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in 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 Barry David Bassett, age 41, of Simpsonville, 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.

Bassett faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. Evidence presented by the government during the plea established that on November 9, 2016, South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole agents were conducting a home visit with Bassett and observed a Weatherby .257 caliber rifle and .257 caliber ammunition on the premises.

Prior to that date Bassett 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.

Bassett was arrested federally as a part of “Operation Real-Time.”  The goal of this program is to identify individuals for federal prosecution with significant criminal histories who continue to actively possess firearms in the Upstate community. 

In addition to the South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Real Time’s core partners include the Greenville Police Department, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, the Anderson Police Department; the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services; the South Carolina Highway Patrol; United States Probation; the Department of Homeland Security; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office; and the United States Attorney’s Office. 

Since August of 2015, the initiative has resulted in the expedited federal prosecution of some 90 defendants and seizure of approximately 110 firearms as well as assorted ammunition from prohibited persons.

U.S. Attorney Beth Drake commended the partnership between the state and federal agencies that led to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Attorney’s Office adopting the case, “We work best when we work together.  This ‘real time’ identification of high risk offenders is smart policing, and we welcome the opportunity to work alongside our state chiefs and sheriffs in taking violent repeat offenders out of our communities.”

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office 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 Greenville U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Updated March 23, 2017

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