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Mobile Man Who Threatened Employer Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

MOBILE, AL – A Mobile man was sentenced today to 10 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Michael Lee Ammons, 51, made comments to coworkers in April 2021 threatening to “go postal” and “shoot up the place” at a trucking company in Mobile where he was employed. Federal agents responded to the business and detained Ammons, who admitted to making the threatening statements. During a later search of Ammons’s residence, agents recovered a .40-caliber pistol and .22-caliber long rifle bullets. Ammons admitted to possessing the pistol and the bullets. He also acknowledged that, as a convicted felon, he was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

Senior United States District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered Ammons to serve a three-year term of supervised release upon his release from prison, during which time he will undergo testing and treatment for substance abuse. As a special condition of his supervised release, the court ordered Ammons not to have any contact with his former employer. The court did not impose a fine, but the judge ordered Ammons to pay $100 in special assessments.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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

Updated September 23, 2021