FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach man was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday, October 18, after he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with a shooting at an apartment complex in 2015, according to United States Attorney Beth Drake.
Evidence at the trial of 30-year-old Jamal Antwan Lewis showed that on the evening of March 30, 2015, officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department responded to a shooting call at an apartment complex located on Cedar Street, Drake stated in a news release.
The release states that Lewis was sentenced 262 months, over 22 years, followed by a term of five years supervised release. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell imposed the sentence.
Witnesses identified Lewis as having a firearm and stated that he had run into one of the apartments at the complex.
Myrtle Beach police found a loaded firearm in the apartment, where Lewis was hiding.
According to the release, Lewis was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior convictions for aggravated domestic violence, pointing and presenting a firearm, and distribution of a controlled substance.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.