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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

December 22, 2009

Contact: Retta Goss

(334) 223-7280

(334) 223-7560 (Fax)

Montgomery Man Sentenced to 105 Months in Federal Prison For Illegal Gun Possession

Montgomery, Alabama - Desmond Tyrell Coleman, age 28, of Montgomery, was sentenced in federal district court to 105 months in federal prison for illegal firearms possession, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today. Coleman was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release under the supervision of a federal probation officer after his release from prison. There is no parole from federal prison.

Coleman earlier pled guilty to possessing a .32 caliber revolver on November 21, 2008, in Montgomery. The gun was located when officers executed an arrest warrant for a probation violation on Coleman at a Montgomery apartment complex and found the firearm in the bedroom where he was staying. Coleman has five prior felony convictions, including convictions for Theft of Property 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree. Federal law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony offense from possessing a firearm. At his sentencing hearing, the United States District Court judge also found that Coleman had used the firearm to commit a robbery at another apartment complex the day before he was arrested. Based on the finding that he had used the gun to commit the robbery and his extensive criminal history, the judge sentenced Coleman to 105 months in prison.

The case was investigated as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Middle District of Alabama’s Alabama ICE (Isolating the Criminal Element) programs, aimed at preventing violent crime and the illegal possession of firearms. According to United States Attorney Leura G. Canary, Desmond Coleman‘s criminal history shows why he is prohibited from possessing a firearm. His sentence to 105 months in prison sends a strong message that felons who possess firearms face stiff punishment when they are caught and convicted.

This case was investigated through the joint efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) and the United States Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Matthew Shepherd.