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Felons headed to prison on gun possession convictions

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Conway man receives 180 months

Nettles also announced Friday, April 27 that Leroy Deon Hemingway, 30, of Conway, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Florence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.   

United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced Hemingway to 180 months imprisonment for being an armed career criminal with prior convictions for attempted strong arm robbery, drug distribution charges, and two assault charges.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on Oct. 2, 2010, Hemingway was stopped for a traffic violation while driving a car matching the description of a car wanted in connection with a possible disturbance call.   While the officer was waiting for back up to arrive to the scene, Hemingway got out of the car and ran on foot before being apprehended just around the corner.  

During a search of his vehicle, a loaded pistol was found between the front seats. 

The case was investigated by the Conway Police Department, Horry County Police Department, and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office handled the prosecution of this case as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.

 

 Lancaster man receives 130 months

United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced Friday, April 27 that Dwayne Devon Curry, 32, of Lancaster was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Florence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.    

United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell sentenced Curry, an armed career criminal, to 130 months imprisonment.  

Curry has prior convictions for distribution of crack cocaine, assault with intent to kill, common law robbery, pointing and presenting firearms at a person and burglary.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on March 7, 2011, Curry was one of two passengers in a vehicle stopped for speeding in Chesterfield County. When backup arrived and asked the passengers to exit the vehicle, police noticed what they thought was a taser protruding from Curry’s pocket. 

Curry threw what turned out to be a loaded .40-caliber pistol to the ground and ran from officers until being apprehended a short distance away. 

 The case was investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office handled the prosecution of this case as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.