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Columbia Man with Aggravated Assault and Kidnapping Record Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

On behalf of the United States Attorney’s Office – District of South Carolina:

CONTACT PERSON:  Derek Shoemake, Public Information Officer, U.S. Attorney’s Office, [email protected], (843) 813-0982.

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA —Alexander Lee Dickerson, 32, of Columbia, has pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Evidence obtained in the investigation revealed that on February 7, 2020, Columbia Police Department officers responded to a report that Dickerson had rammed the car he was driving into a car driven by Nikka Darby. Dickerson pointed a firearm at Darby and then drove away from the scene.  An officer soon located Dickerson and attempted to stop him. Dickerson refused to stop, leading police on a high speed chase for approximately two miles before finally ending on Colonial Drive. After Dickerson was taken into custody, police searched his car and located a loaded 9mm pistol. Dickerson was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to prior convictions for aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery and kidnapping.

Dickerson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000, restitution, and three years of supervision to follow the term of imprisonment.  Senior United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten accepted the guilty plea and will sentence Dickerson after receiving and reviewing a sentencing report prepared by the United States Probation Office.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Columbia Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Taylor is prosecuting the case.


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