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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 19, 2018

Mobile County Man Receives 188 Month Sentence for Possession of a Firearm After Felony Conviction

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Devon Deshaun Lawson a resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to 188 months incarceration for possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony of Distribution of a Controlled Substance in January 2008.

On June 7, 2018, Lawson pled guilty to the offense of felon in possession of a firearm. According to a factual statement Lawson signed in connection with his guilty plea, on about August 31, 2017, Mobile County Sheriff’s Department deputies executed a traffic stop when they came upon a vehicle stopped in the middle of the Louis Tillman and Grand Webb Roads in Mobile County, Alabama. When the deputies turned on their blue lights, the vehicle in the middle of the road drove off and pulled into a residence. After the vehicle came to a stop, the deputies smelled marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. The deputies retrieved drugs and recovered two guns.  The guns were a .44 special revolver and a .380 handgun, both of which had been reported stolen, along with cash totaling $1,000. Lawson admitted to being a convicted felon and knew he was not supposed to own or possess firearms.

Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations along with deputies of the Mobile, County, Alabama Sheriff’s office investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Michael D. Anderson.

Updated October 19, 2018