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Montgomery, Alabama Man Convicted of Illegally Possessing a Firearm in Pike County

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Alabama

           Montgomery, Alabama – On February 14, 2024, a federal jury convicted 30-year-old Deion Larry Jamar Mangum, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced Acting United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross.

           According to court records and evidence presented during Mangum’s trial, on November 7, 2022, law enforcement officers in Brundidge, Alabama, responded to a residence after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance involving a firearm. Deputies arrived at the scene and spoke with the potential victim, then located Mangum nearby. He was putting air in a tire on his vehicle. During questioning, Mangum stated that he could not find his cell phone. Investigators dialed Mangum’s number to help locate the device. After a brief search of the property, deputies located Magnum’s ringing cell phone, along with a loaded AK-47 style pistol, at the edge of the wood line a short distance from the scene. At trial, two witnesses testified that, before the officers found the firearm next to Mangum’s phone, they saw the weapon in Mangum’s possession. Mangum has previous felony convictions and is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

           Following this conviction, Mangum faces a sentence of up to 15 years in federal prison with no parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled for Mangum in the coming months. At that hearing, a federal district court judge will determine Mangum’s sentence after considering the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

           The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case, which Assistant United States Attorneys Brandon W. Bates and Michelle R. Turner prosecuted.

Updated February 16, 2024

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