Mobile Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Possessing and Firing an Illegal Machinegun During New Year’s Eve Celebrations
United States Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Judge Kristi DuBose sentenced defendant Jose Fulwood, 26, to 12 months and one day in prison for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Fulwood entered a guilty plea to this offense on February 9, 2023.
According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, Fulwood was previously convicted of Attempted Rape Second Degree in the County Court of Chenango County, New York. The conviction occurred on September 22, 2017. In January 2022, the United States Marshals Service received a tip that Fulwood was living and working in Mobile, Alabama. Fulwood never registered as a sex offender in the state of Alabama. Fulwood had a prior conviction for failing to register as a sex offender in Virginia.
Judge DuBose imposed a 12 month and one day sentence of incarceration and a 5-year term of supervised release upon his discharge from prison. Judge DuBose ordered that Fulwood pay $100 in special assessments. Fulwood will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.
The United States Marshals Service investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Kacey Chappelear prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc/publications-resources.