Crime

August 4, 2014

Columbia man and convicted felon sentenced to 15 years in prison on federal firearms charges

A Columbia man was sentenced in federal court Monday to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, officials say.

A Columbia man was sentenced in federal court Monday to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, officials say.

Richard A. Williams, 42, was sentenced in Columbia’s federal court to 15 years in prison with five years of supervised release to follow the prison sentence, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a statement released Monday.

Williams was arrested in connection with a July 2013 incident in which he was spotted running from a Columbia convenience store after officers responded to an alarm call at the store, Nettles said.

During the incident, Williams dropped two firearms before he was stopped. Officers also found a small amount of marijuana and two box cutter knives on Williams.

Williams is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition based upon prior state convictions. He pleaded guilty in May to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

In addition, Williams was found to be an armed career criminal based upon prior convictions, which include assault and battery, assault and battery with intent to kill stemming from a 1990 shooting, voluntary manslaughter stemming from another 1990 shooting and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Williams received enhanced penalties based upon this record, Nettles said.

Mindy Lucas

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