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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Defendant Sentenced To 37 Months On Gun Charge

United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced today that Unterrio Cartrelle Tate, 22, of Mobile, Alabama, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge William H. Steele to 37 months imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The judge ordered that Tate pay a $100 special assessment, undergo 3 years of supervised release, and pay restitution totaling $4,994.10.                 

In July 2016, the U.S. Marshal Service – Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force was assigned a felony warrant for Tate’s arrest for a probation revocation.  On July 20, 2016, officers found Tate at a gas station in Prichard, Alabama in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.  A second occupant was in the front passenger seat.  A task force vehicle pulled in front of Tate’s car, while a second task force vehicle pulled in behind Tate’s car.  Officers gave commands to the occupants inside Tate’s car to show their hands.  Tate’s car went in reverse and struck the task force vehicle behind Tate, damaging that vehicle.  When officers got Tate out of the driver’s seat, they saw in plain view a pistol wedged between the right side of the driver’s seat and the center console.  Officers later determined there was 1 round in the pistol’s chamber at the time the gun, a .40 caliber Taurus, was seized. 

Tate is a twice convicted felon who is prohibited from knowingly possessing a firearm.  On May 19, 2014, Tate was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court for discharging a firearm into an occupied building or vehicle and for assault in the second degree.  Tate was indicted in August 2016 by a federal grand jury for the Southern District of Alabama on 1 count of being a felon in possession.  He pleaded guilty to the offense on November 17, 2016.   

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshal Service – Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sinan Kalayoglu.

Updated February 24, 2017