Nashville Field Division

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 4, 2014 - William Robert Humphrey, 31, of Nashville, Tenn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge William J. Haynes, Jr., to 15 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

U.S. Attorney Announces Memphis Man is Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Ammunition By a Convicted Felon

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Memphis, TN – Edward L. Stanton III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee announced today that Brashard Gibbs, age 21, of Memphis, TN, was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman to serve 20 years, or 240 months, in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

According to the Indictment and statements made in open court:

Owners of Safari Company Indicted for Illegal Rhino Hunts

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Montgomery, Alabama - The owners of Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris were charged with conspiracy to sell illegal rhinoceros hunts in South Africa in order to defraud American hunters, money laundering and secretly trafficking in rhino horns, announced Sam Hirsch Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama; and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Autauga County Man Sentenced to 210 Months in Federal Prison for his Role in Drug Organization

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Montgomery, Alabama - Mark Edward Elliott (52), of Deatsville, Ala., was sentenced on October 15, 2014 to serve 210 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, announced U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama.

ATF Offers Reward In Gun Store Burglary

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Huntsville Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from JC Guns and Tackle, a federal firearm licensee (FFL).  ATF is offering a reward in the amount of up to $3,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $6,000.

Martin Man Sentenced to 21 Years in Federal Prison on Weapons Convictions

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Memphis, TN – Anthony Taylor, age 46, of Martin, Tenn., received a federal prison sentence of over 21 years, or 262 months, following his conviction on January 28, 2014, by a jury on two counts related to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm, announced United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Edward L. Stanton III, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Glenn Anderson.

Pipe Bomb Crafted from Vehicle Airbag Gets Birmingham Man 10 Years in Federal Prison

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BIRMINGHAM -- A federal judge today sentenced a Birmingham man to 10 years in prison for possessing a pipe bomb crafted from a vehicle airbag canister, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Glenn Anderson.

A jury in March convicted JAMES DAVID KIRCUS, 55, on one count of knowingly possessing an unregistered destructive device. U.S. District Judge David Proctor sentenced Kircus on that charge. Kircus has remained in custody since the conviction.

Mobile County Man Sentenced to 51 Months After Guilty Plea to Possession of Firearm After Felony Conviction

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The United States Attorney Kenyen Brown announces that Donterrio Evans, a 30 year old resident of Mobile, was sentenced today.  Mr. Evans pled guilty on May 22, 2014, to possession of a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol found in his possession after police arrested him on unrelated robbery charges.  At that time, Mr. Evans had been convicted of Receiving Stolen Property.  As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Mobile County Man Sentenced to 33 Months After Guilty Plea to Possession of Firearm After Felony Conviction

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The United States Attorney Kenyen Brown announces that James R. Robinson, a 35 year old resident of Mobile, was sentenced today.  Mr. Robinson pled guilty on May 15, 2014, to possession of a 9mm Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol found on his person after police stopped him to investigate his suspicious reaction to their presence.  At that time, Mr. Robinson had been convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.  As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Defendant Sentenced for Prohibited Possession of Firearm

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United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Marlique Jermaine Bridges of Mobile was sentenced following a May 2014 guilty plea to a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Bridges was previously convicted in Mobile County of Robbery, First Degree in 2012. By virtue of this conviction, Bridges is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Chastain Montgomery, Sr. Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison for Robbery and Murder of Henning Postal Workers

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Memphis, TN – Chastain Montgomery, Sr., 50, of Lavergne, TN, was sentenced to consecutive life sentences in federal prison for the murders of United States Postal Service employees Paula Robinson and Judy Spray, announced Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee; Thomas Noyes, Inspector in Charge of the Charlotte Division, United States Postal Inspection Service; and Mark Gwyn, Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Defendant Sentenced for Prohibited Possession of Firearm

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United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Jason Derek Miller of Mobile was recently sentenced following an April 2014 guilty plea to a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Miller was previously convicted in Jefferson County, Alabama, of Receiving Stolen Property, Second Degree in 2002; and, Theft of Property, Second Degree in 2011. By virtue of these convictions, Miller is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Defendant Sentenced for Prohibited Possession of Firearm

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United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Sanjuan Cortez Taylor of Bay Minette was recently sentenced following an April 2014 guilty plea to a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Taylor was previously convicted in Mobile County of Burglary, Third Degree; Robbery, First Degree; and, Theft, First Degree in 2011. By virtue of these convictions, Taylor is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Defendants Sentenced on Theft of Firearms Charge

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United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Tyree Arvell Monroe, Trayon Alphonse Caulton and Walter J. Porter of Mobile were sentenced following April 2014, guilty pleas to a charge of theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearm dealer. On September 20, 2013, Monroe, Caulton and Porter, along with a juvenile, entered the Quik Pawn on Cottage Hill Road and committed an armed robbery in which they stole elven (11) firearms from the store’s inventory.

ATF Offers Reward In Gun Store Burglary

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PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Pleasant Grove Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms industry announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Pleasant Grove Gun Supply, a federal firearm licensee (FFL). ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $1,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $3,000.

Henning Man Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession and Threatening a Witness

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Memphis, TN – Darius D. Mitchell, age 26, of Henning, Tenn., was sentenced to six years in federal prison on July 25, 2014 following his March 2014 guilty plea to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of attempting to threaten a federal witness, announced Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

Man Convicted of Two Attempted Armed Robberies Faces Minimum of 47 Years in Federal Prison

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Memphis, TNRobert Drew, 57, of Oakland, TN, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury on two counts of robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce (Hobbs Act), two counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and ATF Nashville Field Division Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Fulton.

Eads Man Sentenced to 92 Months

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Memphis, TN Larry Caleb Fish, age 21, of Ripley, Tenn., was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison on Thursday following his guilty plea to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Firearms Thefts

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MOBILE, Ala. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Mobile Police Department and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms industry — announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Stone Arms Gun Shop; Parkway Pawn and Gun; and Roberts Gun Rack, all federal firearm licensees (FFLs). ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $ 1,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $ 3,000.

22 Indicted in Multi-State Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - June 27, 2014 – A federal grand jury in Nashville, Tenn. returned a 23-count indictment on June 25, 2014, charging 22 individuals with various offenses relating to a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of heroin and fentanyl in the Middle Tennessee area, Northern Alabama and St. Louis, Missouri, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. Much of the heroin had been adulterated or replaced with fentanyl and caused or contributed to the death of at least two persons in Alabama and was responsible for multiple non-fatal overdoses.

Seven People Indicted in Overlapping Identity Theft and Illegal Gun-Buying Schemes Appear in Federal Court

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BIRMINGHAM -- Five of seven people indicted late last month in overlapping identity theft and illegal gun-purchasing conspiracies were arraigned today in federal court. The two other defendants, including Quantrey Kantrell Bryant, who is charged with both conspiracies, were arraigned on their charges earlier. All seven were arrested June 10.

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