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Press Release

Felon Sentenced to Fourteen Years for Possession of Firearms

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

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Phay Lam Souphanthog, 39, of Irvington, Alabama, was sentenced this morning to 168 months imprisonment for his illegal possession of firearms. Souphanthog had been previously convicted of Manslaughter in 1999 in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, and he was arrested three times in possession of firearms from 2015 through 2017. Souphanthog was indicted on three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and convicted in November of 2018 after a jury trial on two of those counts.

United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed the 168-month sentence, consisting of 84 months on each count, and ordered that the sentences run consecutively. The judge ordered that Souphanthog, who is illegally in the United States, be surrendered to a duly authorized immigration official at the conclusion of his imprisonment for deportation. If for some reason he is not deported, the judge ordered that he serve a three-year term of supervised release, which would include drug testing and treatment. No fine was imposed, but he was ordered to pay $200 in special mandatory assessments.

The case was investigated by the Mobile Police Department, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, the Prichard Police Department, the MCSENT Task Force, and 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 February 11, 2019