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Trouble’s in trouble

Police went looking for Trouble, and they found it. Him.

According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release, Orangeburg police arrested 27-year-old Aaryon “Trouble” Dowdy, a reputed gang member, in January 2014 with a loaded .357 in his possession. Dowdy was federally barred from possessing any firearm because of prior state burglary convictions.

And on June 19, a federal judge added to Trouble’s woes by slapping him with a little over six years in the pokey and three years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

But Trouble’s troubles are likely only beginning.

According to court records, the incident that led police to seek Trouble in the first place is a pending criminal case that could spell trou…disaster. Dowdy’s attorney, William Hodge of Columbia, did not immediately return a message seeking comment but a quick glance at the South Carolina Code of Laws shows that Dowdy is facing up to 35 more years behind bars.

After arresting Dowdy on Jan. 14, 2014, authorities confirmed that the hand cannon he was packing was the same firearm used 11 days earlier in a Columbia shooting.

Allegedly, Dowdy solved a convenience store squabble with another man by shooting him in the face. For that, he is charged with attempted murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

This Sidebar reporter is no expert, but this feels like troubled waters. State law defines attempted murder as an act committed “with intent to kill,” and it seems plausible that shooting someone with a .357 — especially in the face — might imply such intent.

That, of course, will all play out in a Richland County court at some point.

Someone once said, and I paraphrase, if trouble comes when you least expect it, maybe you should always expect it.

Well, prison guards, live with expectancy: here comes Trouble.

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