Federal Sentencing from Lexington Home Burglary

United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced this week that 33-year-old Brandon Thompson of Columbia, was sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Evidence presented to the court showed that on the early morning hours of December 30, 2017, deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call about a home invasion on Maple View Drive.

Upon approaching the residence, deputies noticed the door open, entered

the home, and found two armed men, Brandon Thompson and his co-defendant Quintrell Morris. After detaining both Thompson and Morris, deputies located a female, who had been tied up, and her children, one of whom had called 911. The female advised that they had forced her to open a safe and give them the money from it. Deputies seized a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun from Thompson and a loaded Bushmaster AR-15  assault rifle from Morris. A ballistic vest was also seized from Thompson’s vehicle, which was located nearby. The investigation revealed that Thompson and Morris went to this home to rob the homeowners

of proceeds from various businesses they operated.

Thompson was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition based upon prior state convictions for armed robbery, assault with intent to kill, and carjacking. At the time of the federal offense, Thompson had just been released from state prison nine months earlier after serving a 14-year

sentence.

United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis sentenced Thompson to 262 months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of

supervised release. Co-defendant Morris previously plead guilty to his

role and was sentenced to 272 months imprisonment with a five-year term of

supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.