CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — A federal grand jury in Charleston returned a three-count indictment against Marcus Ray Goins, 29, of Ridgeville, for being a felon in possession of multiple stolen firearms.
Goins faces a maximum penalty of 10 years as to each count and was ordered detained pending trial.
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.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and Berkely County Sheriff’s Office. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Carra Henderson is prosecuting the case.
U.S. Attorney Corey F. Ellis stated that all charges in the indictment are merely accusations and that defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.