Goose Creek man sentenced to more than 19 years on gun charges

CoLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A Goose Creek man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing stolen weapons.

Robert L. Gillikin, 44, was senteced to 235 months -- more than 19 years -- imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. The judge in the case considered Gillikin a career criminal and career offender.

Law enforcement responded to the Woodland Lakes subdivision in Goose Creek, SC, on July 4, 2009, after a witness reported seeing Gillikin exit the rear of a home before leaving on a moped with a shotgun wrapped in a towel.

Gillikin ignored commands to stop and continued driving the moped before losing control and falling. Gillikin then dropped two shotguns and a jar of change before fleeing on foot.  Within minutes, officers observed Gillikin climb out of a trash can before jumping a fence, where he was apprehended by a civilian.

The case was investigated by Goose Creek Police and the Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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