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Former Rock Hill murder suspect faces new federal gun charge

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A 20-year-old man arrested last year in connection with a young woman’s murder has been arrested again, this time for violation of federal gun laws.

Robert Da’Quan Johnson of Rock Hill has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of federal law, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for South Carolina.

An indictment was issued against Johnson by a federal grand jury convened in Columbia on Wednesday, following an investigation by Rock Hill police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Johnson was arrested in October and charged with murder in the August killing of Latoya Cureton, 27, who was found shot to death behind a former convenience store on Greene Street.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson had been out of prison for seven months after being convicted on weapons and conspiracy charges. He served eight months of a five-year sentence, and was arrested twice between his release and the murder arrest, including another charge of illegally carrying a weapon.

The murder charged against Johnson was later dropped with the right to restore by the solicitor’s office, as investigators continued to collect evidence in the case.

The maximum penalty Johnson could receive on the latest federal charge is 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000, unless he is determined to be an “armed career criminal,” which would create a mandatory minimum of 15 years with a maximum of life imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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