Lancaster Man Sentenced to Federal Prison on Federal Firearm Charge

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Columbia, South Carolina —- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated that Quavis Jamar Rudisell, age 30, of Lancaster, was sentenced to a total of 41 months imprisonment today in federal court after earlier pleading to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Evidence presented in court established that on the early morning hours of September 6, 2018, deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence on Providence Road after receiving a 911 call in regard to a theft of money. The residence advised that Rudisell had been a guest in the home, stolen approximately $1,300, and fled on a silver moped. Officers with the Lancaster Police Department located Rudisell on the moped and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Rudisell jumped off the moped and fled into nearby woods where he was later captured. Officers located the stolen money on Rudisell, along with a magazine loaded with rounds of 9mm ammunition. Rudisell admitted to throwing the firearm down. Officers did a search of the area and recovered a 9mm handgun with a large capacity magazine loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition.

Rudisell is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition based upon a prior state conviction for breach of trust with fraudulent intent more than $2,000 but less than $10,000 (2016) and a prior federal conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine (2011). Rudisell had been released from federal prison and was on federal supervised release at the time of the instant offense.

Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. sentenced Rudisell to a total of 41 months imprisonment. That sentence was comprised of 37 months imprisonment on the felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge and a consecutive 4 months imprisonment for violating the earlier term of federal supervised release. Following the term of imprisonment, Rudisell will be on supervision for 3 years.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lancaster Police Department. This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local initiative, Project Safe Neighborhoods, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.

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