Crime

April 23, 2014

Rock Hill gang member pleads guilty on gun charges

A Rock Hill gang member accused last year of fighting with a woman who allegedly threw her baby to the ground pleaded guilty to firearms charges in federal court after police found him in a car with a loaded pistol and crack cocaine.

A Rock Hill gang member pleaded guilty to firearms charges in federal court after police found him in a car with a loaded pistol and crack cocaine.

Javan Labrese Peele, 22, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge after he was indicted in February, according to federal court documents.

Evidence presented at his hearing in Columbia showed that police arrested him on July 19, 2013 — two days after they issued warrants for his arrest. Peele, who authorities identified as a known gang member, got into the rear passenger side of a car and began moving around “nervously” when officers approached the vehicle, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Peele tried to run when police asked to him to step out the car, but officers caught up with him and placed him under arrest. Police searched Peele and found him with a loaded .25 caliber pistol in his front pocket with a small amount of crack cocaine, the release states.

Peele is prohibited by law from carrying guns after he was convicted of first-degree assault and battery in which he was accused of shooting Timothy Stewart in the back while he was walking to a Fargo Street home in November 2012.

His July 2013 arrest stemmed from an incident in which police say he argued with a woman who allegedly threw her baby to the ground while he was in his car seat, police records show. He faces a maximum 10 years in prison.

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