Local man sentenced to federal prison

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By HEATHER RUPPE

A Walterboro man with a long criminal history has been sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison after a local jury recently convicted him of multiple firearm charges.

Quentin John Fishburne, 40, also known as “Q,” is going to federal prison for 23 years. He was originally arrested in March of 2018, by the Walterboro Police Department, when officers discovered Fishburne with a loaded .40-caliber pistol under his seat during a traffic checkpoint.

At that time, he was already on “federal supervision” for a 2017 attempted murder conviction: this conviction came from a 2015 shooting amid Walterboro gang members, who were arguing about the outcome of an illegal car race.

After Fishburne was arrested in 2018 for having the loaded gun, Fishburne was tied to other crimes, including his leading deputies on a high-speed chase while his passenger brandished guns at the officers, according to information released by the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitors’ Office. The solicitor’s office also released information on Fishburne’s criminal history, which includes a prior 10-year sentence in Georgia for killing a man when he was just 14 years old.

The case against Fishburne was prosecuted with assistance from Fourteenth Circuit Solicitors’ Office and prosecutor Carra Henderson, who is a member of the solicitor’s office career criminal unit.


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