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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A South Carolina man was sentenced in federal court on Monday, May 22, 2017, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Marion Quinton Brewster, 38, of Columbia, S.C. was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. to 180 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
C.J. Hyman, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. Attorney Rose in making today’s announcement.
According to the filed court documents and statements made in court, on May 19, 2016, CMPD officers responded to an armed robbery call at a self-service car wash located in Charlotte, N.C. When officers arrived, the victim reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint while washing his vehicle, by a man later identified as Brewster. Court records indicate that shortly thereafter, based on information provided by the victim, law enforcement located Brewster, who was riding as a passenger in a green Ford Expedition. CMPD officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. According to court records, as they approached the vehicle, Brewster fled the scene on foot. A short foot chase ensued, during which law enforcement observed Brewster drop a handgun. Law enforcement apprehended Brewster and recovered the firearm, which was subsequently identified as a stolen Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun.
At the time of the offense, Brewster was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. Brewster pleaded guilty to the firearm offense in January 2017. Court records indicate that Brewster had prior criminal convictions in South Carolina for offenses related to armed robbery and carjacking, and at sentencing he qualified as an armed career criminal.
Brewster is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Rose thanked ATF and CMPD for leading the investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Robert Gleason, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.