Man gets 90 months after pleading guilty to firearm possession by a felon charge


COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – A Greenwood man was sentenced to 90 months in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release, Jerry Jerome Yeldell, 50, was sentenced on Wednesday and following his release from prison he will be on three years of supervised release.

On July 31, 2016, Greenwood Police Department officers received a call about someone who had been shot on Taggert Avenue in Greenwood.

According to the release, a victim was taken to a nearby hospital and identified Yeldell as the person who shot him.

Yeldell then turned himself into the police department and admitted to shooting the victim, but said it was in self-defense.

According to the release, Yeldell has a previous criminal record — including three convictions for public disorderly conduct, two convictions for distribution of crack cocaine, a conviction for possession of crack cocaine, a conviction for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, thee convictions for simple assault and battery, a conviction for assault and battery-3rd degree, two convictions for burglary-2nd degree, three convictions for breaking into motor vehicles and two convictions for forgery.

Because of his prior criminal history, he was prohibited for possessing a firearm and ammunition.

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