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Mobile Man Sentenced in Firearms Case

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

MOBILE, AL – A Mobile man was sentenced to 37 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to court documents, Frederick Oneal Knight, Jr., 34, was arrested by Mobile police officers on August 12, 2022, following a traffic stop of a car that he was driving. Knight admitted that there was a personal-use amount of marijuana in the car, which officers could smell. In a holster on Knight’s waistband, police recovered a Glock .40-caliber pistol equipped with a loaded extended magazine. Officers also removed two loaded magazines from Knight’s pocket. Knight admitted to police that he was a convicted felon, having previously pled down a first-degree murder charge to a felony reckless manslaughter conviction in Mobile County Circuit Court in November 2021. Knight also admitted that he was on probation for the manslaughter conviction at the time he possessed the pistol and ammunition in August 2022. Knight’s prior conviction rendered his possession of any firearms or ammunition illegal under federal law.

In addition to the 37-month prison term, United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose ordered Knight to serve a three-year term of supervised release upon his release from prison, during which time he will undergo drug testing and treatment. The court did not impose a fine, but Judge DuBose ordered Knight to pay $100 in special assessments and forfeited his pistol and ammunition to the United States.

U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Mobile Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Roller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Updated July 18, 2023