Skip to main content
Press Release

Convicted Felon Waving a Firearm in Pinehill Apartment Complex Sentenced in Federal Court

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

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Court Chief Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced Octavius Tyrone Peace on December 14, 2018 to serve a term of imprisonment of 24 months followed by 3 years of supervised release for the for the illegal possession of a firearm in violation of 18 USC § 922(g)(1).    The defendant was under federal supervision for a prior conviction for bank fraud when he committed the instant offense.   Accordingly, the Court sentenced the defendant to serve a concurrent 8 month term of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release.   The defendant’s guilty plea was accepted by the Court on September 17, 2018.

The facts presented in court set forth that on May 20, 2018, the Pine Hill Police Department responded to the Peachtree Apartments in Pine Hill, Alabama after several witnesses reported that a man was threatening people with a firearm.   The witnesses informed the police that the male had exited his vehicle and was waving a gun around saying, “You want some of this.”   Subsequently, the male attempted to leave the scene in his vehicle, but was apprehended by the police.  The male was identified as Octavius Tyrone Peace.   The police located a Taurus model 85, .38 caliber revolver, serial number, TC20242, with the hammer pulled back and ready to fire in the inside well of the door of the vehicle.  During the investigation, the police would later discover that the firearm recovered from the defendant’s vehicle was stolen.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the State of Alabama Office of Inspector General, and the Pine Hill Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alex F. Lankford, IV and Lawrence J. Bullard for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.

Updated December 19, 2018