Four Year Sentence for Theft of 16 Firearms

United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced yesterday that 34-year-old Joshua Aaron Spencer, of Columbia, was sentenced to four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee.

Evidence presented to the court showed that during the early morning hours of August 18, 2018, Spencer broke into Decker Jewelry and Pawn on Decker Boulevard in Columbia and stole 16 firearms. Evidence recovered at the scene, including DNA evidence, implicated Spencer in the crime. Three of the stolen firearms have since been recovered, one in Washington, D.C.,

and the other two in Richland County.

Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, Spencer is facing a range of 46 to 57 months in prison to be followed by a three-year term of court-ordered supervision and payment of restitution of $9,600.