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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Columbia, South Carolina - United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that William I. Satterwhite, age 52, of Lancaster, South Carolina, pled guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on February 23, 2010, Satterwhite sold a gun at a local pawn shop. A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Detective who was familiar with Satterwhite’s criminal history discovered the gun sale during a routine review of pawn tickets, and notified Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Satterwhite is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and/or ammunition based upon a prior Florida conviction for robbery and three South Carolina convictions for burglary.

Mr. Nettles stated that Satterwhite faces a mandatory minimum of fifteen (15) years and a maximum of life imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 on the felon in possession of a firearm charge

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Nancy C. Wicker of the Columbia office handled the case.

Sheriff Faile said, “We are extremely pleased that the interagency cooperation in this case led to this plea. We have arrested him multiple times in past and it’s good to get repeat offenders like him off the street.”

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