Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The suspect in the shooting of a University of South Carolina student has plead guilty to a federal weapons possession charge.
Michael Juan Smith entered the plea Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse in downtown Columbia.
He did not, however, admit to firing the gun used in the crime.
"That's not an element in this case, that's an element of the state's case," said Smith's attorney James Rogers. "I don't represent him on those charges. I don't know what he's gonna do."
"As the judge indicated to him, that could quite possibly come up at his sentencing hearing because under the federal sentencing guidelines, if you're a felon and you use a gun in a crime of violence and a person is injured, your guidelines can be enhanced because of that and that is something that we will be determining at sentencing," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey Haynes.
Columbia Police say Smith shot Martha Childress in Five Points on October 13th. Investigators say the man was targeting someone else and ended up hitting her with his gunfire.
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Sentencing on the weapons charge will take place at a later date. He is also facing multiple local charges in connection with the case.