S.C. Case Illustrates Federal Sentencing Debate

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http://www.charleston.net/stories/081403/loc_14gun.shtml Johnnie Elvin McKelvey of South Carolina had been convicted of burglary and escaping from a Georgia chain gang. Now McKelvey, 40, pleaded guilty to possessing a gun that a relative gave him. He sold it to the pawn shop for $22, the Charleston Post and Courier reports. The three convictions made him an "armed career criminal" in federal parlance, and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In a state prosecution as a convicted felon with a gun, McKelvey . . .

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