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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Defendant Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charged



Project Safe Neighborhood Prosecution

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Charlie Lewis Davis of Mobile was sentenced, following an October 2014 guilty plea to a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Davis was previously convicted in Baldwin County of Manslaughter and Possession of Marijuana, First Degree in 2005. By virtue of these convictions, Davis is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On March 23, 2013, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on Dalton Drive, Eight Mile, Alabama. The residents signed Miranda waivers and spoke with law enforcement. A K-9 alerted for drugs throughout the residence and on the vehicles outside. The female resident provided keys for all the vehicles outside. In one of those vehicles Deputies encountered Davis reclined in the front passenger seat. Davis was ordered out of the vehicle and patted down for weapons. A plastic bag of marijuana was found in his right front pants pocket. Davis told Deputies he had a weapon in the car. A Mossberg .22 caliber bolt action rifle was in the backseat; and, a Beretta 9mm pistol was under the passenger seat.

Possession of a firearm or ammunition by a previously convicted felon is a violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 922(g)(1). Senior United States District Court Judge Charles R. Butler varied from the applicable advisory sentencing guideline range, and imposed a 12 month sentence of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years supervised release.

This case was referred for prosecution by Corporal Lorne Watts of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, who is assigned as a Task Force Officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.

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