MOBILE, AL – A Robertsdale man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, Joshua John Soudelier, 42, was arrested during a traffic stop by Foley Police Department officers on December 15, 2020 for not having a court-ordered ignition interlock device installed on his car. While taking him into custody, officers asked Soudelier if he had anything in the car that he was not supposed to have. Soudelier admitted that he had a gun—a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol—which officers found wedged between the driver’s seat and center console of the car. Soudelier was previously convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles, California. His prior felony conviction rendered his possession of the pistol illegal under federal law.
United States District Judge Terry F. Moorer ordered Soudelier 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 Moorer ordered Soudelier to pay $100 in special assessments.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Foley Police Department investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Roller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.