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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Kinsey Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Federal Firearm and Assault Charges

            Montgomery, Alabama- On July 2, 2019, Jaccarlus Montrail Dawsey, 18, of Kinsey, Alabama, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for shooting at officers during an arrest on state charges, announced U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. and U.S. Marshal Jessee Seroyer.

            The federal case began when the United States Marshals Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) was assisting the Houston County Sheriff’s Office with locating and apprehending Dawsey, who was wanted on multiple state charges including assault and robbery. On January 4, 2019, Task Force Officers with the GCRFTF, including members from the U.S. Marshals Service, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County District Attorney’s Office, Dothan Police Department, and Covington County Sheriff’s Office, discovered his location in Dothan. When Task Force Officers approached Dawsey, he fled and fired at them multiple times as they pursued. Thankfully, no one was struck during the exchange of gunfire and he was eventually taken into custody.

            On March 26, 2019, Dawsey pled guilty to assaulting federal officers and discharging a firearm in in relation to a crime of violence. The 12-year prison sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. State charges are still pending.    

            U.S. Attorney Franklin would like to thank the U.S. Marshals Service, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, the Houston County District Attorney’s Office, the Dothan Police Department, and the Covington County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric M. Counts and Curtis Ivy, Jr. prosecuted the case.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated July 3, 2019