CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Derrick Joy, Jr., 30, of North Charleston, was sentenced to over four years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to officials.
According to court documents, on December 26, 2017, a North Charleston police officer saw Joy rolling a marijuana blunt in his vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store. The officer surprised Joy, removed him from the vehicle, and placed him under arrest.
A 9mm pistol loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition was discovered between the driver’s seat and the driver’s side door of Joy’s car.
The gun had been reported stolen, according to Lance Crick First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Because Joy has previously been convicted of multiple felonies and crimes of domestic violence, federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
Joy pled guilty to the firearm count, and United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel sentenced him to 50 months in federal prison to be followed by a 3-year term of court-ordered supervision.
The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the North Charleston Police Department. It was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.