Columbia felon sentenced on firearm and ammunition charge

akflanagan@thestate.comAugust 21, 2013 

— A Columbia man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Columbia police responded March 20, 2011, to a domestic disturbance at an apartment on Marlboro Street and arrested Michael Rell Osborne, 44, on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges.

Osborne posted bond and was released, the office said, and the woman involved in the earlier domestic disturbance incident alerted authorities later that night. Police found Osborne early the next morning in a car on River Drive with a loaded Astra .40 caliber firearm in his front pants pocket, the office said.

Osborne is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition based on prior state felony convictions and upon a prior federal conviction for being in possession of a firearm. Osborne also has prior state convictions for two counts of second degree burglary, grand larceny and criminal domestic violence.

The case was investigated by the Columbia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.

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