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Convicted Felon Charged with Illegal Firearms Possession

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

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury indicted a convicted felon for illegally possessing firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

A four-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Kelvontae Rashad Wallace, 25, of Talladega, with possession of a machinegun, possession of an unregistered firearm, and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment, in January 2024, Wallace illegally possessed a Century Arms 7.62x39mm pistol.  Also, in December 2023, Wallace illegally possessed a Glock .45 caliber pistol with an installed “Glock switch” – a device designed to illegally convert a semiautomatic Glock pistol into a fully automatic machine gun.  Wallace is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of prior felony convictions.  Wallace was convicted in the Circuit Court of Talladega County, in July 2022, of the offense of Discharging a Gun into an Occupied Building and Assault, Second Degree.

ATF investigated the case, along with the USMS Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Pell City Police Department, Talladega Police Department, Anniston Police Department, and 7th Judicial Major Crimes Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristy M. Peoples is prosecuting the case. 

An indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 4, 2024

Firearms Offenses
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