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Convicted Felon Sentenced to Prison for Carrying Firearm and Impersonating a U.S. Marshal

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April 10, 2012

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced an Indianapolis man to four years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm and impersonating a U.S. Marshal, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and ATF Special Agent in Charge Glenn N. Anderson.
U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced VIRGIL JERMAINE COLEMAN, 31, for two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for three counts of impersonating a U.S. Marshal. Coleman pleaded guilty to the charges in October. Coleman had been convicted of burglary in Indiana in 2006.
According to the federal charges, Coleman, on three occasions between May 6, 2011, and June 4, 2011, impersonated a federal officer by wearing a fraudulent U.S. Marshal badge and identification and carrying a sidearm. Posing as a marshal, Coleman extorted drugs and money from several Huntsville residents.
Coleman has remained in custody since his arrest in August.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshal Service and the Huntsville Police Department and the Decatur Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Terence O’Rourke prosecuted the case.
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