A Walterboro resident accused of shooting a man at a motel in October has been indicted on federal weapons charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.
Rodney Faulkenberry, 55, of Poplar Street now faces counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a stolen firearm. If convicted of each, he could get up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Faulkenberry has been jailed in Colleton County since Oct. 12, when investigators said he shot a 30-year-old man during a fight at the Sunset Inn on Bells Highway.
Maurice Kemp suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and his left cheek in his own motel room, the Walterboro Public Safety Department said at the time.
Kemp survived, and Faulkenberry was arrested about 45 minutes later on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm in a violent crime.
His federal charges resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Colleton County Sheriff's Office. A grand jury indicted him on the counts, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a statement Wednesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhett DeHart will prosecute the case.
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