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South Carolina man sentenced in Wyoming for being a felon in possession of ammunition

A south Caroline man has been sentenced after being arrested by Wyoming Highway Patrol last year.

Ewing T. Kerr Federal Building, Casper, Wyoming (Library of Congress, Carol Highsmith)

CASPER, Wyo. — United States Attorney Nicholas Vassallo announced today that a South Carolina man has been sentenced for receiving ammunition while under a felony indictment.

Christopher Ray Edwards, 37, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was sentenced on March 8, 2023, by Chief United States District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl to 70 months’ imprisonment with three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

Edwards was charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and receiving ammunition while under a felony indictment. As part of a plea agreement, Edwards pleaded guilty to the receiving ammunition charge.

On June 4, 2022, the Wyoming Highway Patrol pulled over Edwards while he was driving on Interstate 80 in Albany County for suspicion of driving under the influence. Troopers searched the vehicle and discovered a homemade AR-15-style rifle and multiple rounds of various ammunition. A subsequent criminal history check revealed that Edwards had several prior felony convictions and was under indictment in South Carolina for another felony.

This crime was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney T.J. Forwood prosecuted the case.