COLUMBIA, SC — A Columbia man has been sentenced in federal court to 13 years imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that Michael Angelo Karrison, 48, had pleaded guilty to the charge.
Evidence presented at an earlier change of plea hearing showed that at 7:13 a.m. on June 23, 2012, a Columbia Police Department officer on patrol in the Elmwood Ave. area noticed Karrison sitting on a brick wall with an open can of Schlitz Malt Liquor. Karrison admitted the liquor was his and was placed under arrest for possession/consumption of alcohol in public.
A search revealed a fully-loaded Bersa .380 caliber handgun in Karrison’s waistband. After being read his rights, Karrison admitted to buying the firearm on the street, and a check of a law enforcement database showed the handgun had been reported stolen.
Police discovered Karrison, who had previously served time in the S.C. Department of Corrections for various state offenses, had signed a form on three separate occasions acknowledging that he was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
Federal law prohibited Karrison from possessing firearms and ammunition due to a 1983 conviction for housebreaking, grand larceny, distribution of marijuana, armed robbery (two separate counts), strong arm robbery, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute crack cocaine, assault on a correctional employee, attempted carjacking, unlawful carrying of a firearm (two separate counts) and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey D. Haynes handled the case.