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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Eufaula Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm He Used to Commit a Sexual Assault

            Montgomery, Alabama – On Thursday, September 3, 2020, Steven Denard Paige, a 28-year-old from Eufaula, Alabama, was sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. Paige was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.

            According to court records and statements made in open court, on October 28, 2018, the Eufaula Police Department responded to a disturbance call at a residence. When officers arrived, they learned that Paige was having an argument with a female and, at some point during the argument, he made threats against her life and used a .22 caliber rifle to sexually assault her. Paige has previous felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

            Paige was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 11, 2019 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was brought into federal custody on November 7, 2019 and has remained there since that date. Paige pleaded guilty to the charge on March 12, 2020. Based on the details surrounding the October 2018 offense and his criminal history, the prosecutor argued for the maximum sentence available under the felon-in-possession statute, which was ordered by the judge.

            The Eufaula Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorneys Brett Talley and Curtis Ivy prosecuted the case.

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Updated September 21, 2020