South Carolina Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Firearms Violation
In Separate Cases, Three Others also Sentenced on Federal Gun Charges
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chief U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced yesterday a South Carolina to 53 months in prison on possession of a firearm by a felon charge, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Charles Traywick Randolph, 27, of Columbia, S.C, was also ordered to serve two years in supervised release after he is released from prison.
According to the filed court documents and statements made in court, on April 8, 2015, law enforcement responded to suspicious person call at the Baymont Inn, located in Charlotte. When law enforcement arrived, they made contact with Randolph, who was wearing a backpack on his back, and determined he had an outstanding arrest warrant. Law enforcement searched Randolph’s backpack and recovered a Zastava 7.62x39 caliber semiautomatic assault rifle and a high capacity magazine loaded with 30 rounds of hollow tip 7.62 ammunition. Randolph has a prior felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The investigation was handled by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Gleason prosecuted the case.
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In separate cases, three men were also sentenced yesterday on felon in possession of a firearm charges.
Roger Emanuel Reid, 39, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On January 14, 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Reid’s residence. During the execution of the search warrant, Reid pointed a pistol at the first officer who entered the residence, but then immediately dropped the firearm and surrendered to law enforcement. Reid has a prior state drug conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Thurman Armani Hill, 23, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 32 months in prison and two years of supervised release. On September 11, 2015, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Hill was driving in connection with a drug trafficking investigation. During the traffic stop, law enforcement located a large bag of marijuana on the floorboard area of the front passenger seat of Hill’s vehicle. Law enforcement also seized from inside the vehicle a firearm, approximately 100 grams of marijuana, digital scales, 72 Xanax pills and $1,885 in cash. Hill’s prior conviction prohibits him from possessing a firearm.
Shamel Malik Dove, 22, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 23 months in prison and three of supervised release. According to court records, on August 12, 2015, law enforcement arrested Dove on outstanding warrants for a probation violation stemming from a robbery conviction. Over the course of the arrest, law enforcement seized a firearm, located between the driver’s seat and the center console of Dove’s vehicle. Dove’s prior conviction prohibits him from possessing a firearm.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Rose thanked ATF and CMPD for handling the investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor Phillips was in charge of Reid’s prosecution and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lambert Guinn prosecuted Hill and Dove’s cases.