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Former Millbrook Business Owner Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison for Being an Alien in Possession of a Firearm

July 13, 2010

Montgomery, Alabama - Narendrakumar “Nick” Patel, a citizen and national of India, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins to 15 months in federal prison for being an alien unlawfully in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary announced today. Patel had been residing in Millbrook, Alabama. He was tried and convicted by a Jury in April 2010.

Patel received 15 months in federal prison for being an alien possessing a loaded Omega, Model 32, .32 Smith and Wesson Caliber, Revolver on October 30, 2008. Law enforcement found the loaded firearm lying on a shelf above the cash register during the execution of a search warrant in Patel’s former business, the Pit Stop in Millbrook, Alabama. Subsequent investigation revealed Patel, a native and citizen of India, had illegally entered the United States in the mid-1990s. Since that entry, Patel remained an alien, illegally present in the United States, having failed to successfully adjust his immigration status.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Watkins sentenced Patel to serve two years of supervised release under the supervision of a federal probation officer. Patel also faces administrative removal proceedings with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The case was investigated by agents from the United States Secret Service, State of Alabama Alcoholic and Beverage Control Board, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorneys Jerusha Adams, Andrew O. Schiff, Matthew Shepherd, and Monica Stump prosecuted the case.


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