CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A self-professed Charleston gang member has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina.
was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Based on evidence that was presented in court, 29-year-old Travis Stefenon Dequan Lawrence – a felon and self-professed member of a dangerous gang – had a stolen pistol with a magazine that had 17 rounds of hollow-point ammunition when he was arrested.
Records show he has been involved in criminal activity since he was 14 years old.
United States District Judge David C. Norton sentenced Lawrence to 84 months in prison which will be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision. There is no parole in the federal system.
“This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime,” said the US Attorney’s Office for the District of SC. “This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Charleston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Kittrell prosecuted the case in federal court in coordination with Assistant Solicitor Stephanie Linder of the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.”