Birmingham Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Armed Carjackings
BIRMINGHAM -- A federal judge this week sentenced a Birmingham man to 20 years in prison for three armed carjackings in 2015, and for being a convicted felon in possession of a 9mm pistol, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Roger C. Stanton.
U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced JERMAINE DANIEL PARKS, 32, on three carjacking counts, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. Parks pleaded guilty to the charges in March. Parks’ previous felony conviction was for an unrelated robbery. He was convicted in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
On April 9, 2015, according to court records, Parks brandished a firearm and forcefully took a 2005 Nissan Altima from an individual in eastern Birmingham. Later the same day, he also brandished a firearm and forcefully took a 2008 Saturn Vue from a second individual in eastern Birmingham. On April 18, Parks brandished a gun, forcefully took a 2010 Nissan Rogue from a woman in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood, and forced her to visit several ATMS and withdraw cash.
Several days after releasing the victim from Avondale, Parks telephoned her and asked for a date, according to court records. Police were able track his phone number and identify Parks through Facebook.
The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Felton prosecuted.