Colombia, South Carolina — Acting United States Attorney Rhett DeHart today announced that Abrian Dayquan Sabb, 26, of Orangeburg, has pleaded guilty in federal court for aiding and abetting to make a false statement to a federal gun dealer when purchasing a gun.
Evidence presented to the court showed that on the morning of April 10, 2019, Abrian Sabb, while armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle loaded with a high-capacity magazine, entered the room. emergency from the Orangeburg Regional Medical Center and started shooting in the hallway. A nurse was shot in the chest, causing serious bodily harm. Law enforcement responded and arrested Abrian Sabb at the scene, charging him with various state charges.
The investigation revealed that the day before, on April 9, 2019, Abrian Sabb had been involved in a domestic dispute at his home, which led to the police reacting and confiscating his handgun. Later that day, Abrian Sabb asked his brother, Darius Bernard Sabb, to accompany him to a local gun dealer to buy him another gun. Abrian Sabb provided his brother with money and asked him to buy an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round magazine and two boxes of ammunition for him. Darius Sabb falsely completed form ATF 4473 certifying that he was the true purchaser of the firearm and purchased it. Immediately after leaving the gun dealer store, Darius Sabb handed the items over to Abrian Sabb as they planned. Later that day, Abrian Sabb’s girlfriend called Darius Sabb and complained that he bought the gun for Abrian Sabb. Darius Sabb then retrieved the rifle and hid it with another person. However, Abrian Sabb discovered the location of the gun and retrieved it.
Abrian Sabb faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, a fine of $ 250,000 and 3 years of supervision to follow the jail term. Co-accused Darius Sabb, 23, of Orangeburg, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to make a false statement to a federal gun dealer while purchasing a gun and is currently waiting his conviction. He faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in federal prison, a fine of $ 250,000 and 3 years of supervision to follow the jail term.
United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis accepted both guilty pleas and will sentence them both after receiving and reviewing the sentencing reports prepared by the United States Probation Office.
The gun charges were the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office as part of the joint federal, state and local program. Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice‘s violent crime reduction efforts.
Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes is continuing the case.
Charges in state courts related to the shooting remain unresolved and the accused is innocent until proven guilty.