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US Atty: Spartanburg man sentenced on federal weapons charges

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James Lee Sarratt (Source: SCSO) James Lee Sarratt (Source: SCSO)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg man accused of shooting a man who attempted to intervene in a domestic violence situation has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

According to United States Attorney Beth Drake, 50-year-old James Lee Sarrattt, Jr., a previously convicted felon, pleaded guilty in Greenville federal court for illegal possession of a firearm in January of 2017. 

Back on October 31, 2016, Sarrat was arrested on federal firearms charges, and has remained in custody since that federal arrest.

Earlier on September 30, 2016, Spartanburg County deputies were dispatched to a residence on Idlewood Court, initially in regards to a physical altercation between a couple. The call was upgraded to a shooting while deputies were en route to the scene.

According to the Sheriff's Office, upon their arrival, witnesses on the scene alerted them that Sarratt was in possession of a firearm. Deputies located a male victim on the floor of a bedroom inside the residence with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Reports say one witness told deputies that a child was present during an argument in the bedroom where Sarratt retrieved his .40 caliber pistol from under the mattress. According to reports, one witness had attempted to grab Sarratt's arm, and the gun had gone off, the witness falling to the ground with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. 

Sarratt then left the residence to place his firearm in his truck, according to court documents.

After search warrant was obtained for the property, investigators were able to find a black Hi-Point JCP, .40 caliber pistol loaded with 7 rounds of Winchester .40 caliber ammunition in a pick-up truck and a box containing 14 rounds of Winchester .40 caliber ammunition in the bedroom.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) worked together to investigate this case. 

Sarratt's plea was the first to come under "Home Front", which is a focused deterrence-based initiative to combat domestic violence led by 7th Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette. The initiative was launched in December 2016 and has both the support and partnership of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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