Former Conway pastor found not guilty for taking gun inside courthouse

Former Conway pastor found not guilty for taking gun inside courthouse

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A former pastor was found not guilty after officials said he tried to take a gun inside the Florence County Courthouse in July.

Archie Larue Evans, of Aynor, had a firearm inside a bag during a security check, a source from the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Evans was facing federal charges stemming from a money laundering scheme that bilked over a dozen people out of millions. He was due in court following an indictment of more than a dozen charges.

On July 10, 2014, Special Agent Townsend interviewed Probation Officer Brenda Townes who had been the Pretrial Services Officer for Evans while he was pending sentencing in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, according to an affidavit.

Evans' rights to possess a gun were revoked after a guilty plea to a federal felony in January 2013, according to a court affidavit.

Evans is being held at the Florence County Detention Center, according to booking officials.

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