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Man pleads guilty to firearms charge

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By Jenny Hartley

A Kershaw man pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge last week.

Laurkeda Montrell Montgomery, also known as "Magoo," 26, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Lancaster County sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery in April. The victim told deputies that Montgomery had robbed him at gunpoint.

Deputies found Montgomery's car in the area. Montgomery crashed the car after a brief chase, and then ran from deputies before he was caught.

Deputies found a stolen, loaded .40-caliber in a holster on Montgomery, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Montgomery is prohibited from possession of a gun or ammunition due to prior convictions for grand larceny, strong arm robbery, resisting arrest, aggravated assault and battery, second-degree burglary and assault and battery with intent to kill. He faces 10 years in prison, but may be subject to additional time based on his criminal record.

Montgomery will be sentenced at a later date.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office investigated the case. It was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearms cases.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151