Rock Hill gang member sentenced to 10 years on gun charges

The HeraldFebruary 27, 2014 

Jermichael Reid

A known Rock Hill gang member with a violent past was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 10 years in prison.

Jermichael "Ratchet" Reid, 19, previously plead guilty to being in possession of a stolen guns and ammunition.

Senior US District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced Reid to the maximum 10 years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, according to a release from US Attorney Bill Nettles.

In April, Rock Hill Police found Reid standing at the corner of Friedheim Road and Wilson Street after receiving a tip that he might have a pistol, according to a Rock Hill police report. When police pulled beside him, Reid fled, running towards Simpson Street and pulling a pistol from his clothes as he ran.

Police caught up with Reid and found a loaded .22 caliber handgun along the path he ran, prosecutors said. Authorities learned he stole the gun from someone else on the street. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime, unlawfully carrying a pistol, pointing and presenting a firearm and resisting arrest.

Reid has a history steeped in the criminal justice system. Last December, he pleaded guilty to kidnapping after police say he assaulted his pregnant girlfriend in a Black Street home. The woman, 22, told police Reid locked the room door before slapping her int he face, grabbing her neck, slamming her head into a wall and threatening to kill her and her unborn child.

He received credit for the 183 days he had already served in jail. While incarcerated, he was charged with third-degree assault and battery after attacking two York County Detention Center officers escorting him to his cell. Both officers suffered minor injuries. Reid pleaded guilty to those charges, as well, and again received credit for time served.

In 2011, he pleaded guilty to pointing and presenting a firearm and unlawfully carrying a pistol after he shot at a Rock Hill man twice. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

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