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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 11, 2017

Federal Authorities Successfully Prosecute Convicted Felon for the Illegal Possession of Multiple Firearms

Acting United States Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Chief United States District Court Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced Ernest Lamar Rogers on September 8, 2017 to serve a term of imprisonment of 12 months followed by 3 years of supervised release for illegally possessing multiple firearms.  He possessed the firearms in Mobile, Alabama on February 11, 2017 in violation of 18 USC § 922(g)(1).  The defendant entered a guilty plea before the Court on May 11, 2017.

On the date of incident, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol Squad attempted to initiate a traffic stop after they observed the defendant commit a traffic violation in his vehicle.  However, the defendant did not comply and threw a Glock, .40-caliber pistol out of a window of the vehicle he was in at the time.  Shortly thereafter, a dangerous car chase ensued. 

Once the defendant was apprehended, the authorities located an additional firearm, a Smith and Wesson, .38-caliber revolver, on the floorboard of the same vehicle.  During the investigation, the authorities learned that the defendant’s driver’s license had been suspended.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lawrence J. Bullard for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.

Updated September 13, 2017