A Columbia man who tried to get rid of an illegal weapon after passing a stopped school bus on a moped has been sentenced to prison.
Herbert Smith Jr., 23, was stopped by Columbia Police offers in January 2008 after he passed the bus. When officers tried to stop him, he fled and discarded a short-barreled 12-gauge shotgun. Smith was arrested in a nearby apartment.
As a state convict, Smith is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms. Smith was previously convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light and failure to register as a sex offender.
In the school bus case, Smith pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. For that, he has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison.