Columbia man faces possible life sentence after plea in federal court

cwinston@thestate.comMarch 4, 2014 

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— A 28-year-old Columbia man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a firearm and ammunition charge.

Charles Tarron Carter faces a mandatory 15-year sentence with a maximum of life, a fine of $250,000 and five years’ of supervised release for being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

The sentence will be imposed by Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie after she has reviewed the case.

In June 2011, Columbia Police Department officers responded to a burglary alarm at a home on Muller Avenue. Officers found two doors to the residence open and, while checking for intruders, found crack cocaine and a .45-caliber handgun in plain view. Carter, who was a resident of the apartment, was arrested on state charges and referred for federal prosecution.

Carter has previously been convicted twice in state court for second-degree burglary 2 and twice with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

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