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Man gets 3 years for carrying gun while out on bond

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Raheem Fitzgerald Bethel (Source: CPD) Raheem Fitzgerald Bethel (Source: CPD)

A man twice released on bond for attempted murder and possessing firearms has been sentenced to three years in prison after being arrested with another stolen pistol.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced 27-year-old Raheem Fitzgerald Bethel to 35 months in prison.

Bethel, a previously convicted felon who was on bond for attempted murder, was arrested by the Columbia Police Department in January, 2013 with two pistols, one of which was stolen. 

After being released again on bond, Bethel was arrested in 2013 in possession of another stolen pistol. 

A federal Grand Jury indicted Bethel in February, 2014.

This prosecution is part of the United States Attorney's ongoing efforts with the Columbia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to identify and prosecute violent felons who possess firearms.

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