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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Daphne Man Sentenced To 7 Years For Federal Firearm Offense

Trenton Edward Watkins, age 21, of Daphne, Alabama, was sentenced today by Judge William H. Steele to serve 84 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. On November 2, 2012, Watkins – a thrice convicted felon – illegally possessed a loaded Springfield Armory XDM 9mm semi-automatic pistol which had been stolen, in connection with a domestic situation and vehicle chase on Park Avenue and Pollard Road in Daphne, Alabama.

As the court pleadings and testimony at the sentencing hearing established, Watkins drove erratically on Park Avenue and fired at least one shot during the chase as oncoming drivers swerved or ran off the road to avoid being hit by Watkins’ vehicle, and as school children waited at bus stops. Fortunately, no one was injured.

This case was investigated by the Daphne Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive.

Updated January 26, 2015