For Immediate Release
Tuscaloosa Felon Convicted on a Federal Charge Arising from Shooting
BIRMINGHAM -- A federal jury convicted a Tuscaloosa man of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.
The jury returned its guilty verdict against Larry Leon Bryant, 33, on October 8th, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler. His sentencing is scheduled for February 27, 2020.
“This verdict sends a clear message to those felons who choose to pick up a firearm and take the law into their own hands,” Town said. “Bryant, an armed career criminal, will finally be removed from our community and will soon call a federal prison cell home.”
ATF’s priority is reducing violent crime,” Watson said. “Criminals often utilize firearms as tools of their trade causing harm to our communities. This case illustrates ATF’s commitment to effective law enforcement partnerships and dedication to keeping our cities safe.”
Evidence at trial showed that on December 13, 2018, Bryant and his brother went looking for Bryant’s stolen Chevy Suburban. Driving separate vehicles, they found the Suburban on a busy four-lane highway in Tuscaloosa. After boxing the vehicle in at a red-light, they got out of their vehicles and began shooting into the Suburban, as the driver attempted to get away. Bryant’s brother shot the driver, a juvenile, who survived.
He has six felony drug convictions, three of which involved distributions that qualify him for a sentence of 15 years to life under the Armed Career Criminal Act.
ATF investigated the case, which Assistant United States Attorneys Alan Baty and Brittney Bucak prosecuted the case.
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