Keycon Deonte Keitt, 32, of Orangeburg pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced Wednesday. He has several local charges pending.

Evidence presented in court showed that on March 5, 2018, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers conducting a property check approached a vehicle in which Keitt was a passenger.

After Keitt was observed moving and reaching around the back seat of the vehicle, Keitt initially ignored several verbal commands from officers.

Keitt was ordered out of the vehicle and deputies found a Taurus 9mm pistol on the rear seat near Keitt and within his reach. After Keitt admitted to possession of the firearm, deputies found two magazines and 19 rounds of ammunition, including one loaded magazine matching the pistol strapped to the inside of Keitt’s right leg.

Federal law prohibits Keitt from possessing a firearm or ammunition based upon prior state convictions, including two convictions for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in a case that involved a shooting; threatening the life of a public employee; criminal domestic violence; two convictions for assault; burglary; two convictions for pointing and presenting a firearm; and various breaking and entering, possession of stolen property and property crime convictions, among others, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The federal “affidavit in support of a criminal complaint” notes several other gun crimes Keitt was allegedly involved in during 2018. He’s not been to trial yet in the cases, which include:

• Keitt allegedly pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot two people during a children’s birthday party in a public park in Orangeburg on March 31, 2018.

• Keitt allegedly fired three or four shots in a nightclub in Orangeburg County on April 1, 2018, wounding a security guard in the right arm. A witness said Keitt was harassing her and pointing a gun at her.

• Keitt allegedly threatened and pointed a firearm at his girlfriend’s sister in St. Matthews on March 26, 2018.

Keitt faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of court-ordered supervision for his federal firearm conviction. However, if the court determines enhanced penalties apply based on the Keitt’s prior criminal record, he may face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs of Columbia accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after she has received and reviewed a presentence report prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elliott B. Daniels of the Columbia office.

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