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Convicted Sex Offender from Covington County Sentenced to Fifteen Months in Federal Prison and Ten Years of Supervision for Failing to Register

July 25, 2012

Montgomery, Alabama - Billy Wayne Howard, a resident of Covington County, Alabama, was sentenced to fifteen months in federal prison for a federal felony conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., announced today.

A federal grand jury indicted Howard in December, 2011, for one count of failing to register and update a registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act after he traveled in interstate commerce in violation of federal law. Howard was convicted of two counts of lewd or lascivious assault upon a child in Florida in 1996. Due to these convictions, Howard was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 103 months with the Florida Department of Corrections.

During Howard’s guilty plea hearing, he admitted that he knew that, as a convicted sex offender, he was required to register and that if he moved to another state he must register in that new state after he established residence in the new state. Further, Howard admitted that he traveled in interstate commerce and relocated from California to Covington County, Alabama in February 2009, but he did not register as a sex offender in the State of Alabama.

Chief United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins sentenced Howard to fifteen (15) months imprisonment to be followed by ten (10) years of supervised release. Howard remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending placement by the Bureau of Prisons.

This case was investigated jointly by the United States Marshals Service, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Opp Police Department, and Covington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jerusha T. Adams prosecuted the case.


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