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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Alabama

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 12, 2021
Sean P. Costello
, United States Attorney

Birmingham Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Firearms Case

MOBILE, AL – A Birmingham man was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Thomas Edison Douglas, 27, was arrested in September 2020 by police in Saraland, Alabama. Officers had responded to a local hotel in response to a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute involving Douglas. When police encountered Douglas outside the hotel, they recovered a loaded Glock 9mm pistol equipped with an extended magazine, which he had concealed in his waistband. Douglas admitted to officers that he had the gun for his protection and that he previously had been convicted of felony robbery. As a result of his prior felony conviction, Douglas admitted that he knew he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Senior United States District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered Douglas to serve a three-year term of supervised release upon his release from prison, during which time he will undergo testing and treatment for substance abuse. The court did not impose a fine, but the judge ordered Douglas to pay $100 in special assessments.

U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Saraland Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Roller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Nashville Field Division