Gang member sentenced on federal weapons charge

08/22/2014 3:57 PM

08/22/2014 3:59 PM

A known gang member was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Javan Labrese Peele, 22, was also sentenced to three years of supervised released, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettes said.

Officers with the Rock Hill Police Department observed Peele, who they knew to have an outstanding state warrant, getting into the rear passenger side of a vehicle, according to Nettles.

Officers approached the vehicle and requested Peele exit, according to a release.

Officers say Peele attempted to flee upon exiting the vehicle but was subdued and placed under arrest.

A search of Peele revealed a loaded Lorcin . 25 caliber pistol in in front pocket, along with a small quantity of crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office release.

Officers also recovered a quantity of marijuana from the seat where Peele had been sitting, according to the release.

The investigation revealed that Peele, a known gang member, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based on his 2013 state conviction for first degree assault and battery, Nettles said.

Approximately two months after being sentenced for that state charge, Peele was found in possession of a loaded Lorcin firearm, which lead to this federal charge, Nettles said.

Peele also has prior state convictions for receiving stolen goods, resisting arrest, false information to police and criminal domestic violence, according to Nettles.

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