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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 30, 2017
Steve Butler
, United States Attorney
Contact: Eric Day

Felon in Possession of a Firearm Sentenced in Federal Court

Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Lance James Heine, 34, of Citronelle, was sentenced today in federal court on charges involving his being a prohibited person in possession of a. firearm. Court documents show that Heine was involved in a shoot-out in the Pleasant Circle subdivision in Citronelle in May of 2014. Citronelle police responded and found Heine hiding in some bushes near the McDavid Jones Elementary School. He was holding a pistol when he was apprehended. Heine pled guilty to the charges in February of 2017.

United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose sentenced Heine to 24 months in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Heine will undergo treatment for drug abuse while in prison and as a condition of his supervised release. No fine was imposed, however, the judge ordered that Heine pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.

The case was investigated by the Citronelle Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama at


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