South Carolina Man Giving "Florida Man" A Run For His Money

(AP Photo/George Frey)

There are just some situations that need to be brought to light. While looking through the details of a recent sentencing of a South Carolina man, we can all rest assured that this is going to be the situation that sets the convicted straight.  Maybe? From Columbia, SC, it was reported that Eric Jahann Nixon, 39, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Seeing sentencing like this is reassuring, especially given the details of his dirty crime:

Eric Jahann Nixon, 39, was convicted by a jury following a three-day trial in federal court.

At approximately 7 p.m. on October 16, 2020, officers with the Columbia Police Department responded to Wash City Laundromat off Broad River Road after receiving several 911 calls about a man brandishing a firearm and assaulting a 65-year-old female attendant at the laundromat.

Upon arrival, officers were provided with a description of the suspect by witnesses at the scene. Witness also provided officers with video taken during the incident.

A short time later, a man walking near the crime scene was taken into custody. During a pat-down search, officers recovered a loaded Hi-Point .380 caliber handgun in the man’s waistband of his shorts. A further search revealed a pill bottle containing a baggie of 3 grams of crack cocaine and a razor blade.

South Carolina is trying to enter the the flock of states that will allow citizens to carry without a permit. Given Mr. Nixon’s crimes, I’m willing to wager the “witnesses” and his victim at the scene would have been quite happy to be exercising that right that evening. What makes this situation special in my humble opinion is two fold.

One, from the report, we have Nixon’s charge with him being “a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law”. It does give me a warm and fuzzy to see prosecutions like these actually go through rather than be plead down.  Second, Nixon already has quite a sudsy rap sheet and maybe this will be the conviction that sets him straight (doubtful).  Here is the laundry list of former convictions:

Possession of a stolen motor vehicle (1998, Lexington County),
Conspiracy to commit money laundering (2005, federal conviction in Columbia)
Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (2005, Lexington County)
Throwing bodily fluid on a correctional officer (2005, Lexington County)
Indecent exposure to an adult (2010, federal conviction in West Virginia)
Forgery (2013, Lexington County)
Distribution of crack cocaine near a school (2016, Richland County)
Unlawful carrying of a firearm (2018, Richland County)

If the citizens of South Carolina, or any state have to deal with a person with such a history terrorizing them, it only highlights the importance of taking personal responsibility for one’s own safety. The anti-freedom crowd would try to tell you different, as outlined in: Anti-Gunner Laments SC’s Pro-Gun Push By Warping Reality. The push for responsible gun owners to be able to regain their birthright should not be condemned but celebrated. Citizens should not have to be pressed by onerous regulations keeping them from having the ability to defend themselves.

Nixon is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison due to his firearm possession charge, as well as up to 2 years in prison for the crack. With every bit of luck, H. 3096 the, “SC Constitutional Carry Act of 2021” will be sorted out, and signed into law while Nixon is serving out his sentence. Florida man always seems to take the credit for being the most outlandish, but today you have South Carolina man taking the tumble. Nixon is an individual with a dangerous history, that would go into a spin cycle on a whim, and now is being put behind bars. Columbia is a little cleaner today with Nixon off the streets.

Dec 04, 2021 11:30 AM ET