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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 29, 2014
Kenyen R. Brown
, United States Attorney
Contact: Tommy Loftis

Defendant Sentenced On Federal Firearm Charge

Project Safe Neighborhood Prosecution

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Marion Vernon Bowman, Jr. of Prichard was recently sentenced, following a September 2014 guilty plea to a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Bowman was previously convicted in Mobile County of Burglary, Third Degree in 2011, and Possession of Marijuana, First Degree in 2010. By virtue of these convictions, Bowman is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On May 15, 2013, officers of the Mobile Police Department observed Bowman urinating in public in the area of St. Stephens Road and Seale Street. As officers approached Bowman they saw him reach into his pocket and retrieve a firearm and throw it on the ground. The firearm was a .22 caliber revolver, with an obliterated serial number. The firearm was loaded with six (6) rounds of ammunition.

Possession of a firearm or ammunition by a previously convicted felon is a violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 922(g)(1). United States District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade imposed a 62 month sentence of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years supervised release.

This case was referred for prosecution by the Mobile Police Department (MPD) and investigated by Task Force Officer, MPD Sgt. Louis Screws of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

Nashville Field Division