Rock Hill man pleads guilty to gun charges

04/23/2014 2:26 PM

04/23/2014 2:27 PM

A Rock Hill man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition during a June 2013 incident.

Clarence Rhodes, 37, was arrested on June 15, 2013 by the York Police Department after he was found “grossly intoxicated” and staggering across a road, according to a release from the U.S. District Attorney’s office. Police found Rhodes in possession of a handgun and crack cocaine.

Under federal law, Rhodes is prohibited from owning a gun or ammunition because of three prior convictions for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, in addition to convictions for drug offenses and stalking.

A district judge will review the pre-sentence report before imposing a sentence.

Rhodes faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and supervised release of up to three years. But, if the district court determines Rhodes is an “armed career criminal” because of his prior convictions, he could face a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison with a maximum of life in prison, along with a fine and up to five years of supervised release.

Rhodes’ case was investigated by the York Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of Project CeaseFire, an initiative that aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.

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