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Convicted Felons Sentenced For Possession Of Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. - Geoffery Wade Quinley, 45, of Foley, and James Allen Wade, 36, of Bon Secour, were sentenced in federal court this week for their possession of firearms after having been convicted of felonies. Court documents establish that Wade and Quinley were arrested in Clark County when law enforcement officers found them shining spotlights on a food plot at night in January of 2011. One of them fired a shot at a deer, and a conservation enforcement officer waited by their truck for them to return. He identified himself as Wade and Quinley approached their truck and Quinley was found to be in possession of the gun. Wade’s gun was in the truck, and in a subsequent search of the camper trailer where they were staying, sheriff’s deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

At that time, Quinley on federal supervised release for his prior federal conviction for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Both admitted possession of the guns and use of methamphetamine. Both entered guilty pleas in February of 2012. Chief Judge William H. Steele imposed sentence in Wade’s case on June 27, ordering him imprisoned for 18 months. The judge ordered that Wade serve a three-year term of supervised release following his incarceration. Quinley was sentenced on June 28 to 46 months imprisonment, to be followed by a supervised release term of three years. No fine was imposed in either case. Each defendant was ordered to pay the $100 mandatory special assessment.

This case was investigated by the Alabama Department of Conservation, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Gloria Bedwell in the United States Attorney’s Office in Mobile.

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