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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Defendant Sentenced to 110 Months on Gun Charge

Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Senior U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade sentenced Kevin James Webster, 35, to 110 months imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Judge Granade also ordered that Webster receive three years of supervised release upon completing his prison term, undergo substance abuse testing, and pay a $100 special assessment.

On November 28, 2016, a Selma police officer responded to a home in Selma regarding a citizen complaint of a suspicious vehicle at the home.  Upon arrival, the officer saw a blue GMC Yukon backed into the home’s driveway with its headlights off and the engine running.  The officer noticed that the driver, later identified as Webster, was asleep and alone in the vehicle.  The officer could smell marijuana emanating from the vehicle.  After finding marijuana in Webster’s possession, the officer subsequently arrested Webster.  During a post-arrest inventory of the vehicle, law enforcement officials recovered ten clear bags of marijuana from the front seat floorboard, a .45- caliber Llama Gabilondo y Cia Vitoria pistol under the front bench seat next to the driver, a digital scale, a small bag of cocaine, a mechanical scale, a box of clear sandwich bags, and approximately $659 in cash. The firearm was loaded with a magazine containing nine rounds of .45-caliber ammunition and one round of ammunition loaded in the firearm’s chamber.  Before his November 2016 arrest, Webster had eleven felony convictions.   

In January 2017, a federal grand jury for the Southern District of Alabama indicted Webster on two counts of firearms violations.  Count 1 charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Count 2 charged him with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  On March 20, 2017, the defendant pled guilty to Count 1. 

The DEA and the Selma Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant United States Attorney Sinan Kalayoglu prosecuted the case.

Updated July 17, 2017