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Felon in Possession of a Firearm Sentenced

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

Brandon O’Neil Garrett, 46, of McDavid, Florida had been convicted of a Possession of a Forged Instrument Second Degree, Theft of Property Second Degree, and Promoting Prison Contraband when he illegally possessed .22 caliber rifle. On May 18, 2023, Garrett pled guilty to the charge.

Court documents reflect that Garrett was stopped by an Alabama state trooper in Baldwin County, Alabama operating a truck on U. S. Highway 31. Garrett admitted to the trooper that there was a gun in the back seat of the truck and that he was a felon. Garrett also had several rounds of ammunition in the door pocket that fit the rifle. The firearm was manufactured outside the state of Alabama, so Garrett’s possession of the gun in Alabama affected interstate commerce.

United States District Court Judge Terry F. Moorer imposed a sentence of 24 months to be followed by 3 years of supervised release after Garrett’s release from imprisonment. Garrett’s supervision includes a set of standard conditions as well as a special condition that the probation office may search his person or property upon a showing of reasonable suspicion that he is in violation of any of the other conditions of his supervision. No fine was imposed but the judge ordered the forfeiture of the firearm. Garrett was ordered to pay $100 in special mandatory assessments.

The case was investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gloria Bedwell prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated August 28, 2023