A Columbia man was sentenced to several years behind bars Wednesday after pleading guilty to a gun charge.
Brandon LaChristopher Golson, 35, was sentenced to 37 months in prison, with 3 years of supervised release to follow, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake.
In an early morning traffic checkpoint on March 26, 2017, Golson was stopped near Ramblin Road and Lake Francis Road in Lexington County, according to Drake’s office.
Golson’s drivers license was suspended and when he exited the vehicle, troopers saw a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun in his rear waistband, Drake’s office reported, adding Golson was arrested on state charges.
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Golson is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition based upon his prior state convictions, which include convictions for attempted burglary 2nd degree (2001), possession of a controlled substance (2005), possession with intent to distribute cocaine (2010), possession of cocaine (2011), and possession of controlled substance (2014), according to Drake’s office.
Additionally, Golson was previously convicted in Lexington County for unlawful carrying of a pistol in 2015 and in 2016, Drake’s office said.