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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mobile County Man Found Guilty of Possession of a Firearm After Being Convicted of Felony

The United States Attorney, Richard W. Moore, announces that David Tyler Nelson, a 22 year old, resident of Coden, Alabama was found guilty of possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony.  

The evidence produced at trial showed that on May 13, 2017, Mobile County, Alabama deputies conducted a traffic stop of a GMC Arcadia that belonged to Nelson’s father.  The vehicle was stopped because of an expired tag and turning without giving a signal.  Nelson was observed in the front passenger seat sleeping with a hand gun protruding from his waistband.  The firearm was immediately seized from Nelson’s person and determined to be a .25 caliber Beretta pistol.  Deputies awakened Nelson.  They asked why he had the firearm.  Nelson responded, “I bought it for a couple bills and took it across the bay.”  Nelson was then asked his name and he replied, “Tyler Perry,” and gave his dated of birth as “January 1, 1995”.  A records check on the scene did not produce an identity or any information based on what Nelson provided.  Inside the vehicle, deputies found a work ID for Nelson that had his picture and correct name.  Deputies then confronted Nelson with the photo ID and he stated that his name was “David Tyler Nelson” and gave his true date of birth.  A records check of the accurate information revealed that Nelson had been convicted of Unlawful Possession or Receipt of a Controlled Substance on June 30, 2016.

Mr. Nelson will be sentenced on February 21, 2018, before the Honorable Callie V. S. Granade.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and presented it to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutors assigned to the case was Assistant United States Attorneys, Erica Hilliard, Lawrence Bullard and Gina S. Vann.

Updated November 17, 2017