2 Aiken men indicted on federal gun charges

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Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- Two Aiken men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in separate indictments, charging each with felon in possession of a firearm, according to an U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Jesse James Quarles, 33, and Kenneth Islar, 27, entered not guilty pleas on July 29, waived their right to a detention hearing, and remain in custody, the release said. Both cases have been assigned to United States District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs in Columbia, South Carolina.

After a rash of violent crime, the City of Aiken implemented what it calls Safe Communities. Both men were a part of the group. Repeat violent offenders are called in and told to stop. They're offered help and resources if they stop, but if they don't, there are consequences that could include no bond, expedited trials, and a lot of prison time if they're convicted. Click here to learn about the program.

"I drove to Aiken and sat in the room with both of these individuals looked them in the eye and promised them that if they were ever found to have a gun I was going to prosecute them. This office is following through on the promise I made to them and to the people of South Carolina," William N. Nettles, United States Attorney, said.

Islar Kenneth
Jesse Quarles (WRDW-TV)

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