Rock Hill gang member pleads guilty to federal firearm charge

- A known Rock Hill gang member pleaded guilty in federal court this week to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of Title 18.

Evidence presented in court established that on November 29, 2017, at approximately 11:21 p.m., officers were on patrol in an unmarked patrol car when they observed another vehicle, using their high beam front headlights, coming towards them.

Officers pulled the vehicle over and found Kenterius Dyshae Hinton, 34, of Rock Hill, to be the driver. Officers smelled marijuana as they approached the car and when they asked Hinton, a known gang member, and the passenger about it, they stated that they had smoked marijuana earlier and that the odor was on their clothes.

A search of car revealed a loaded Taurus .45 caliber handgun underneath the center console, a loaded Smith and Wesson .45 caliber handgun underneath the passenger seat, and a marijuana grinder with marijuana residue. Both Hinton and the passenger were arrested on state charges of unlawful carrying of a firearm.

Hinton admitted to police that the “black gun was mine” [the Taurus .45 caliber] and the passenger admitted that the silver gun [the Smith and Wesson .45 caliber] was his weapon.

Hinton, who was on state probation at the time of the instant offense, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition based upon prior state convictions for second-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and attempted armed robbery.  The passenger was not a convicted felon, so his firearm charge remained in state court.

Hinton faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and 3 years of supervised release on the felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge.

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