Convicted Felon Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama
ANNISTON, Ala. – A convicted felon was sentenced to over five years in prison on gun charges, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.
U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Matthew Hal McRraney, 49, of Ohatchee, to 63 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. McRraney pleaded guilty to the charge in August.
According to the plea agreement, on September 15, 2022, McRraney got into verbal altercation with his girlfriend, retrieved a short-barreled shotgun, and chased her down the street. The Anniston Police Department received a call reporting that McRaney was chasing a woman with a gun. An Anniston Police Department officer pursued McRraney and apprehended him after he slid down an embankment into a fence. Officers recovered a short-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun in some bushes. McRaney admitted he had possessed a short-barreled shotgun around the time he was in an argument with his girlfriend.
McRraney is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of multiple prior felony convictions, including felony battery and battery on a law officer or firefighter.
ATF investigated the case, along with the Anniston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel S. McBrayer and Darius C. Greene prosecuted the case.
Updated November 20, 2023