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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Stolen Guns

Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama
announced that George Edward Wilkinson, Jr., 25, of Bayou La Batre, was sentenced today to 30
months in prison for being a felon in possession of stolen firearms. Senior United States District
Judge Callie V.S. Granade also sentenced Wilkinson to three years of supervised release
following his prison sentence, and ordered that he pay a $100 special assessment.

In February, Wilkinson pled guilty to possession of two stolen firearms after having been
convicted of the felony offense of burglary. In October of 2016, the Mobile County Sheriff’s
Office responded to a report of a stolen car. A responding deputy stopped Wilkinson, who was
running away from the scene and matched the description of one of the subjects. In his hand was
a semiautomatic pistol, which was later determined to be stolen. Wilkinson also had several debit
cards belonging to the person from whom the gun had been stolen. Further investigation by the
Sheriff’s Department led to a nearby motel room, where a second stolen pistol was recovered.
Wilkinson confessed to stealing both pistols.

The case was investigated by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau
of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Sean P. Costello prosecuted the case for the
United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s
Office for the Southern District of Alabama at

Eric T. Day, PIO
Updated May 16, 2017