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Rock Hill man enters plea in felony gun possession case

A Rock Hill man charged with possession of firearms and ammunition, a felony, pleaded guilty Thursday, according to the United States Attorney for the district of South Carolina.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and York County authorities searched the home of John Edward Contartesi, 33, in January of 2014. Contartesi was seen exiting the home with a Glock 9mm handgun in the back of his pants, the report states.

Police searched his home and found 750 rounds of ammunition and four guns, including a Bushmaster AR 15, an AK-47, and a Keltec .22 caliber pistol. Contartesi told police he inherited the guns and ammunition from his late father.

Contartesi's 2005 conviction for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine restricts him from owning firearms or ammunition. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Contartesi faces a maximum sentence of ten years.

Michael Livingston