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Felon in Possession of a Gun Sentenced in Federal Court

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

United States Attorney Richard Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Sylvester Horn, 46, of Mobile, was sentenced in federal court on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  At the time the gun was discovered in Horn’s possession, he was on federal supervision for a previous federal conviction for attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.  He was convicted on that charge in 2009, and served a sentence of 96 months in prison.  When Horn was released from prison, he was placed on supervision by the United States Probation office in Mobile, Alabama.  He had served two years of a five-year term of supervision when his possession of the gun was discovered.  Horn pled guilty to the felon in possession charge in November of 2017.  He was also charged with a violation of the terms of his supervised release.

United States District Court Judge Kristi Dubose sentenced Horn to 24 months’ imprisonment, to be followed by another three-year term of supervised release.  The judge ordered that sentences on the revocation and on the new case will be served concurrently.  Horn will undergo treatment for drug abuse and receive mental health counseling while in prison and as a condition of his supervised release.  No fine was imposed, however the judge ordered that Horn pay the $100 special mandatory assessment. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria Bedwell.

Updated March 6, 2018