Man faces federal firearm charge
by The Press and Standard | August 23, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 10:26 am
A Walterboro man was among those indicted by a federal grand jury last week — the federal charge dovetailing with two local charges filed after a Walterboro Police Department traffic stop.
Quentin John Fishburne, also known as “Quinton John Fishburne” and “Q”, 37, of Walterboro was indicted federally on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. A conviction could result in a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Fishburne also has two local weapons charges pending on the Colleton County General Sessions docket. The federal indictment is based on the incident that led to the local charges.
Walterboro police officers were running a safety checkpoint at Hiers Corner Road and Center Street the afternoon of March 31 when they took Fishburne into custody.
Fishburne pulled his vehicle up to the safety checkpoint and rolled down his car window. The odor of marijuana reportedly greeted the officer. Fishburne was asked to exit the vehicle and a bag of marijuana was allegedly found inside his pants.
When the car was searched, a handgun was reportedly found under the driver’s seat. A computer check determined that the driver was banned from having a weapon because of a previous conviction.
Fishburne was given a citation for simple possession of marijuana and arrested on charges of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a violent felony and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
The federal indictment also seeks to have the .40 caliber handgun and seven rounds of information reportedly found in the vehicle turned over to federal authorities.
Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Walterboro Police Department investigated the federal case.
Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Chris Schoen and Special Assistant United States Attorney Carra Henderson. Henderson is a deputy prosecutor with the 14th District Solicitor’s Office assigned to work on federal weapons and gang cases involving the 14th District.