For Immediate Release
Friday, June 30, 2017
, United States Attorney
Robert O. Posey
Contact: Peggy Sanford
Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two as Repeat Felons Possessing Firearms
Nashville Field Division
BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury late Thursday indicted two men, both with multiple prior felony convictions, for illegally possessing firearms, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido.
Separate and unrelated indictments filed in U.S. District Court charge ARTHUR McCALL JR., 42, of Birmingham, and TERRY ROY WILLIAMS, 45, of Jackson County, with being convicted felons in possession of firearms.
According to McCall’s one-count indictment, he possessed a Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic pistol on June 3, 2016, in Jefferson County. McCall’s prior felony convictions listed in the indictment are: unlawful possession of a controlled substance, June 2007, Shelby County District Court; second-degree assault, March 2011, Shelby County District Court; first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, December 2004, Morgan County Circuit Court; and, all in Jefferson County Circuit Court, unlawful possession and receiving a controlled substance, July 1996, third-degree robbery, February 1999, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, June 2005, and first-degree possession of marijuana, July 2010.
Williams’ two-count indictment charges him with possessing a destructive device, similar to an explosive grenade, on July 6, 2016, in Jackson County. Williams’ prior felony convictions listed in the indictment are: bank robbery, February 1994, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma; third-degree burglary and second-degree property theft, January 1995, Etowah County Circuit Court; first-degree property theft, August 1999, Jackson County Circuit Court; and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, November 2002, Jackson County Circuit Court.
A second count in Williams’ indictment charges him with possessing a destructive device that he did not register with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The device he possessed should have been registered because it expelled a projectile by explosive discharge and it had a barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter, according to the indictment.
The maximum penalty for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for possessing an unregistered firearm is 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
ATF investigated the cases, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama is prosecuting.
An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.