Columbia felon sentenced for gun possession

July 11, 2014 


— A 27-year-old Columbia man was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in prison for carrying a weapon after being convicted of a felony.

Raheem Fitzgerald Bethel was sentenced in federal court in Columbi, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

According to a press release from Nettles, Bethel was a previously convicted felon on bond for attempted murder when he was arrested in January 2013 with two pistols, one of which was stolen. After being released on bond again, Bethel was arrested in September in possession of another stolen pistol.

He was sentenced Friday to 35 months in a federal prison by Senior U.S. District Judge Margaret B. Seymour.

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