CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man has been sentenced to the maximum federal prison sentence for a 2015 gun charge.
Delano McPherson, 29, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty in October of 2017.
Evidence presented during the sentencing hearing showed that on Sept. 7 of 2015, the Charleston Police Department Camera Room Operator called dispatch to tell authorities he saw a person shooting a gun from the intersection of America Street and South Street at around 11:15 p.m. He also told dispatch the shooter left the scene in a car as a passenger, headed towards East Bay Street on South Street.
From witnessing the incident on one of the surveillance cameras, the operator was able to provide a detailed description of the person as well as a description of the car used and its license plate. Charleston City Police responded and immediately spotted the car, according to a press release from United States Attorney District of South Carolina, and made a felony stop at a gas station two blocks from the shooting.
The driver of the car has been identified as Desmond Campbell, McPherson's brother. McPherson was found in the rear passenger's seat.
An officer looked in the back seat area of the car and reportedly saw the grip and hammer of a Smith and Wesson .357 magnum caliber revolver under the front passenger seat where McPherson had been sitting. The revolver had six spent shell casings.
Officers searched the rest of the car and found a Glock magazine loaded with 16 rounds of 9mm ammunition.The car itself was damaged, according to authorities.
Authorities reviewed the video surveillance tapes and saw the full sequence of events.
McPherson, the aggressor, got into a confrontation, moments before the shooting, on America Street. He then walked away, down South Street.
After around 15 minutes, he returned carrying what appeared to be a silver revolver. He then turned away and walked down South Street where an Altima pulled up and the driver, Campbell, got out and walked down South Street.
The camera operator noticed after Campbell shot the gun, he walked west on South Street while leaving the car running and the lights on. McPherson stood on the corner of America and South Street with the pistol in his hand. After looking around, and using the Altima for cover, he walked up to the car and began shooting.
As McPherson started to leave, again down South Street, there was return fire.
McPherson then hid the gun on top of the wheel well of a nearby car, then later retrieved it and got into the passenger seat of the Altima. Campbell also returned and the two drove off.
During sentencing, McPherson testified that he was trying to defend himself. While being cross-examined, he admitted to shooting a person during the course of the incident. He also admits to having sold drugs at the same corner that he shot from, which is a crime of which he has already been committed.
McPherson was prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law following his prior state conviction for three counts distribution of crack cocaine and two federal conviction of possession of crack cocaine.